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Marine Corps Weight Standards

Male Marines

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It is every Marine’s responsibility to maintain the Marine Corps' body composition standards, or if not in adherence with standards, to take appropriate action to return to them in a timely manner. Marines on light or limited duty, whose medical condition precludes them from participating in specific activities, will be expected to participate in conditioning alternatives and dietary adjustments, in order to maintain these standards.

The Marine Corps' weight and body fat standards are health and performance based, and not based on appearance. Marines are considered not within these standards when their body weight and body fat exceed the maximum limits. Each Marine is weighed, at least semi-annually (annually for Reserves). The Marine is weighed, and the weight compared to the below chart. Only if the Marine exceeds the allowable weight on the chart, they are measured for body-fat. If they exceed the body-fat allowance, then the Marine is enrolled in the Body Composition Program - formerlly known as the "Weight Control Program." If the Marine is over the weight on the chart, but meets the body-fat standard, they are considered to be within the required standards, and no further action is taken.

The Marine Corps changed their body-fat standards, effective August 11, 2008: The new standards are:

    MALE
    AGE 17-26: 18%
    AGE 27-39: 19%
    AGE 40-45: 20%
    AGE 46+ :21%

    FEMALE
    AGE 17-26: 26%
    AGE 27-39: 27%
    AGE 40-45: 28%
    AGE 46+: 29%

If the Marine fails to lose the required weight/body fat while enrolled in the Body Composition Program, they can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

Note: No action is required for Marines who are below the Minimum Standards. Commanders may refer such Marines for a medical evaluation to determine if they are in good health.

Marine Corps Weight Chart -- Male

Height Maximum Weight Minimum Weight
58 132 91
59 136 94
60 141 97
61 146 100
62 150 104
63 155 107
64 160 110
65 165 114
66 170 117
67 176 121
68 181 125
69 186 128
70 192 132
71 197 136
72 203 140
73 208 144
74 214 148
75 220 152
76 226 156
77 232 160
78 238 164
79 244 168
80 250 173

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