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US Military Enlistment Standards

Height and Weight

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Height

The military only accepts candidates who fall into a specific height range. This is primarily because the military doesn't have the time or money to order custom-made uniforms and equipment for those who fall outside of the standard ranges.

The cause for rejection for Armed Forces male applicants is height less than 60 inches or more than 80 inches. The cause for rejection for Armed Forces female applicants is height less than 58 inches or more than 80 inches. The Marines are more restrictive. For the Marines, height standards for male applicants range from 58 to 78 inches. Height standards for female applicants range from 58 to 72 inches.

Weight

The services don't really have "weight standards." What they have are "body fat standards." However, it takes extra time and effort to measure body fat, so the services use weight charts to do an initial screening. Individuals who weigh more than the limits on the chart are measured to ensure they fall within the service's body-fat standards. There are no waivers for exceeding required body fat limits.

Air Force Weight Chart - Male/Female
Army Weight Chart - Males
Army Weight Chart - Females
Navy Weight Chart - Male/Female
Marine Corps Weight Chart - Male
Marine Corps Weight Chart - Female

Body Fat

If the applicant exceeds the weight shown on the above charts, they are measured for body fat. Body-fat standards for each of the services are:

Army: (Accession standards)

  • Male 17-30 - 24%
  • Male 21-27 - 26%
  • Male 28-39 - 28%
  • Male 40+ - 30%
  • Female 17-30 - 30%
  • Female 21-27 - 32%
  • Female 28-39 - 34%
  • Female 40 + - 36%

Air Force: (Accession Standards)

  • Male 17-29 - 20%
  • Male 30 + - 24%
  • Female 17-29 - 28%
  • Female 30 + - 32%

Navy: (Accession Standards)

  • Male - 23%
  • Female - 34%

Marine Corps: (Accession and Regular Standards)

  • Male - 18%
  • Females - 26%

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