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Military Medical Standards for Enlistment & Appointment

Height and Weight


Updated June 10, 2009
The disqualifying medical conditions are listed below. The International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes are listed in parentheses following each standard.

The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an approved waiver) are an authenticated history of:


Men: Height below 60 inches or over 80 inches is disqualifying.

Women: Height below 58 inches or over 80 inches is disqualifying.


Weight standards and body-fat standards are different for each of the services:


Air Force


Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Note: Some of the services allow recruits to slightly exceed the published standards, because they expect military boot camp will result in weight/body-fat loss.

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