Height and Weight Requirements

Army Regulation 600-9, "Army Weight Control Program," states that soldiers must be able to meet the physical demands of their duties under combat conditions and to present "a trim military appearance at all times." Soldiers will be required to weigh in, at least, when taking the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) or no longer than every six months. Weight checks adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Height is measured with shoes off, standing on a flat surface with the head held horizontal. The body is to stand straight, but not rigid.
  2. Weight will be measured with the soldier in standard PT uniform (gym shorts and t-shirt) with shoes off. Your weight will be rounded to the closest whole pound (down if less than 1/2 a pound or up if at 1/2 a pound or more).

Height/Weight Chart For Males
Height/Weight Chart For Females

Those soldiers that exceed the maximum weight for their height will be be evaluated on how much of a body fat percentage they have. Counseling of overweight soldiers is required and individuals will be enrolled in a weight loss program and get a medical evaluation.

Soldiers who continue to be overweight or become pregnant while on the weight control program could face the following consequences:

  1. not capable of promotion in rank
  2. will not be assigned to command, command sergeant major, or first sergeant positions
  3. not authorized to attend professional military schools until adequate weight has been lost
  4. you could be processed for disenrollment

Below are the height/weight tables for males and females. Remember, if you first are found to exceed the maximum weight for your height, you will then have your body fat evaluated. If your body fat exceeds the Army's standards, that is when action will be taken.

Height, Weight, and Body Fat Charts

Height/Weight Chart for Males

Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
5891
5994
6097132136139141
61100136140144146
62104141144148150
63107145149153155
64110150154158160
65114155159163165
66117160163168170
67121165169174178
68125170174179181
69128175179184186
70132180185189192
71136185189194197
72140190195200203
73144195200205208
74148201206211214
75152206212217220
76156212217223226
77160218223229232
78164223229235238
79168229235241244
80173234240247250

Maximum Body Fat Standards (Male)
Age 17-20 = 20%
Age 21-27 = 22%
Age 28-39 = 24%
Age 40+ = 26%

Height/Weight Chart for Females

Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
5891119121122123
5994124125126128
6097128129131133
61100132134135137
62104136138140142
63107141143144146
64110145147149151
65114150152154156
66117155156158161
67121159161163166
68125164166168171
69128169171173176
70132174176178181
71136179181183186
72140184186188191
73144189191194197
74148194197199202
75152200202204208
76156205207210213
77160210213215219
78164216218221225
79168221224227230
80173227230233236

Maximum Body Fat Standards (Female)
Age 17-20 = 30%
Age 21-27 = 32%
Age 28-39 = 34%
Age 40+ = 36%

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