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A Accession Standards for the Military Services The physical screening standards by height-weight and body fat for accession into the military services are included within broader military regulations governing general health specifications for recruits entering each branch of the military. For the Air Force and recently for the Marines (effective 1 June 1992) the retention standards for height, weight and body fat are also used for accession. These regulations are excerpted in Appen- dix B. The Army and Navy maintain separate standards for accession and retention. This Appendix only includes excerpts from U.S. Army and U.S. Navy regulations that govern physical characteristics for accession, howev- er, the regulation specifications are provided for additional information. U.S. ARMY The standards for accession into the U.S. Army are included in Army Regulation 40-501: Standards of Medical Fitness (update 15 May 1989~. This regulation is extensive and only excerpts from Chapter 2, Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction, that apply to height, weight, and body composition with supporting tables are included here. The recent Interim Change to this regulation is included in Appendix E. 1 Further information concerning this regulation can be obtained from Headquarters, Depart- ment of the Army (SGPS-CO-B), 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-2358. 239

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240 Chapter 2 Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction APPENDIX A 2-1. General This chapter implements Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 6130.3 "Physical Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction," March 31, 1986, which established physical standards for enlistment, appointment, and induction into the Armed Forces of the United States in accordance with section 133, title 10. United States Code (10 USC 133). 2-2. Application and responsibilities a. Application. (1) This chapter prescribes the medical conditions and physical defects which are causes for rejection for military service. Those individuals found medically qualified based on the medical standards of chapter 2 that were in effect prior to March 9, 1987, will not be reevalu- ated or medically disqualified solely on the basis of the new standards. Other standards may be prescribed in the event of mobilization or a national emergency. (2) The standards of chapter 2 apply to (a) Applicants for appointment as commissioned or warrant officers in the Regular Army, the Army of the United States (AUS), or in the Reserve Components of the Army, including the ARNG of the United States and the USAR. (b) Applicants for enlistment in the Regular Army. For medical conditions or physical defects predating original enlistment, these standards are applicable for enlistees' first 6 months of active duty. (However, for members of the ARNG or USAR who apply for enlistment in the Regular Army or who reenter active duty for training under the "split-training" option, the standards of chapter 3 are applicable.) (c) Applicants for enlistment in the USAR and Federally recognized units or organiza- tions of the ARNG. For medical conditions or physical defects predating original enlistment, these standards are applicable during the enlistees' initial period of active duty for training until their return to Reserve Component units. (d) Applicants for reenlistment in the Regular Army, Army Reserve components, and Federally recognized units or organizations of the ARNG after a period of more than 6 months has elapsed since discharge. (e) Applicants for the United States Military Academy (USMA), Scholarship or Ad- vanced Course Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Uniformed Services Universi- ty of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and all other Army special officer procurement programs; for example, Officer Candidate School:(OCS). SOURCE: AR40-501 UPDATE, p. 5. 2-21. Height The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction in relation to height stan- dards are established by each of the military Services. Standards for the Army are a. Men: Height below 60 inches or over 80 inches. b. Women: Height below 58 inches or over 80 inches. ***** 2-22. Weight The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction in relation to weight stan dards are established by each of the military Services. Standards for the Army are contained in tables 2-1 and 2-2 (located after the last appendix of this regulation). All Army applicants for initial appointment as a commissioned officer (to include appointment as a commissioned .

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APPENDIX A 241 warrant officer) meet the standards of AR 600-9. Body composition measurements may be used as the final determinant in evaluating an applicant's acceptability. 2-23. Body build The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are a. Congential malformation of bones and joints. (See pares 2-9, 2-10, and 2-11.) b. Deficient muscular development which would interfere with the completion of required . . training. c Evidence of congenital asthenia or body build which would interfere with the comple- tlon ot required training. SOURCE: AR40-501 UPDATE, p. 11. TABLE 2-1 Militarily acceptable weight (in pounds) as related to age and height for males initial Army procurement Minimum Maximum weight by years of age Height weight (inches) (any age) 16-20 21-30 31-35 36-40 41 and over 60 100 158 163 162 157 150 61 102 163 168 167 162 155 62 103 168 174 173 168 160 63 104 174 180 178 173 165 64 105 179 185 184 179 171 65 106 185 191 190 184 176 66 107 191 197 196 190 182 67 111 197 203 202 196 187 68 115 203 209 208 202 193 69 119 209 215 214 208 198 70 123 215 222 220 214 204 71 127 221 228 227 220 210 72 131 227 234 233 226 216 73 135 233 241 240 233 222 74 139 240 248 246 239 228 75 143 246 254 253 246 234 76 147 253 261 260 252 241 77 151 260 268 266 259 247 78 153 267 275 273 266 254 79 159 273 282 281 273 260 80 166 280 289 288 279 267 SOURCE: AR 40-501, UPDATE, p. 74.

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242 APPENDIX A TABLE 2-2 Militarily acceptable weight (in pounds) as related to age and height for females initial Army procurement Minimum Maximum weight by years of age Height weight (inches) (any age) 18-20 21-24 25-30 31-35 36-40 41 and over 58 90 120 124 126 129 132 135 59 92 122 126 128 131 134 137 60 94 124 128 130 133 136 139 61 96 127 130 132 135 139 141 62 98 128 132 134 137 140 144 63 100 132 134 136 139 143 145 64 102 135 136 139 143 145 149 65 104 138 140 144 148 150 153 66 106 141 145 148 151 153 157 67 109 145 149 152 156 158 162 68 112 150 153 156 160 162 166 69 115 154 157 161 164 167 170 70 118 158 162 165 168 171 174 71 122 162 166 169 173 175 179 72 125 167 171 174 178 181 184 73 128 171 177 179 183 186 190 74 130 175 182 185 188 191 195 75 133 179 187 190 194 196 200 76 136 184 192 196 199 202 205 77 139 188 197 201 204 207 211 78 141 192 203 206 209 213 216 79 144 196 208 211 215 218 220 80 147 201 213 216 219 223 225 SOURCE: AR 40-501, UPDATE, p. 74.

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APPENDIX A 243 U.S. NAVY The standards for accession into the U.S. Navy are included in the Navy Recruiting Manual, Enlisted :COMNAVCRUITCOM INSTRUCTION 1130.8C (CRUITMAN-ENL). This manual is extensive and only excerpts from Chapter 1, (4) NAVY HEALTH AND PHYSICAL READINESS PRO- GRAM that apply to height, weight, and body composition with supporting tables are included here.2 (4) NAVY HEALTH AND PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM (a) It is the expressed policy of the Chief of Naval Operations that all members of the Navy, except those excused for medical reasons, shall attain and maintain a condition of health and physical readiness consistent with their duties. Excess body fat is a serious detriment to health, longevity, stamina and military appearance. The need to maintain a high state of health and physical readiness throughout the service is essential to ensure combat readiness and personal effectiveness, All Navy applicants must become familiar with and understand physi- cal readiness standards contained in OPNAV Instruction 6110.1 Series. (b) The physical readiness standards for all enlisted programs include a Height/Weight Screening Table (pa 1-I-64) and a backup procedure for measuring body fat percentage as the determinant for qualification. Applicants who exceed the limits of the screening tables will be measured for body fat by MEPS personnel. Male applicants measuring 29% body fat or greater and female applicants measuring 34% or greater, will not be enlistment eligible. Pro- cedures for body fat measurement are outlined in OPNAVINST 6110.1 Series. (c) All applicants for enlistment who exceed the height/weight screening tables (pa 1-I- 64) shall be counseled on the need to conform to Navy physical readiness standards in order to be enlisted, promoted or reenlisted in the U.S. Navy, a page 13 entry (NAVPERS 1070/613), shall be made documenting the counseling and acknowledging the Navy's Physical Readiness Standards. The proper page 13 documentation is contained in this paragraph. SOURCE: CRUITMAN-ENL 1130.8C, p. 1-I-63. 2Further information concerning the Navy recruitment regulations can be obtained from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203- 1991.

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244 APPENDIX A Table of minimum waiverable weight and height Male Female Height Accession Waiverable Accession Waiverable (inches) Minimum To Minimum To 58* 98 88 90 81 59* 99 89 92 83 60 100 90 94 85 61 102 92 96 86 62 103 93 98 88 63 104 94 100 90 64 105 95 102 92 65 106 95 104 94 66 107 96 106 98 67 111 100 109 98 68 115 104 112 101 69 119 111 118 106 70 123 111 118 106 71 127 114 122 110 72 131 118 125 113 73 135 122 128 115 74 139 125 132 119 75 143 129 136 122 76 147 132 139 125 77 151 136 143 129 78 153 138 147 132 *Height waiver required. SOURCE: U.S. Navy: COMNAVCRUITCOM INSTRUCTION 1130.8C, p. 1 -I- 15.

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APPENDIX A 245 Navy Screening Tables for Weight by Height Maximum Height Weight (inches) (pounds) 58* 59* 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 130 134 139 143 148 152 157 162 167 172 176 182 187 192 197 202 208 213 219 224 230 Maximum Height Weight (inches) (pounds) 58* 59* 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 124 127 131 135 138 142 145 149 153 156 160 163 167 171 175 178 181 185 189 192 196 *Height waiver required. NOTE: In this table standards for men are listed on the left and standards for women are listed on the right. SOURCE: U.S. NAVY: COMNAVCRUITCOM INSTRUCTION 1130.8C, p. 1-I-64.

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