Practice or Policy

DoD Directive/Instruction



Air Force

Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Referrals for Eating Disorders


Counseling, mental health, and nutritional group/ individual in-patient/out-patient treatment

Nutrition/medical/psychological/counseling available

Policy currently not addressed

No specific treatment program

Full-time nutrition/medical/ psychological counseling available




Assistance program available for self-referral



Assistance program available for self-referral

Reasons for Discharge

Continued failure of weight loss over reasonable period of time

Pregnancy and overseas assignment—"it depends"

Any 3 BF/PRT failures in 4 years (NAVADMIN 071/93, 1993)

Considered if member fails to make satisfactory progress in the Weight Management Program on 4 occasions (AFI 40-502, 1994)


Fails to comply with the weight standards by the end of their probationary period or upon initial medical referral, an underlying medical condition is found, and the medical officer determines that any weight loss/fat loss by member would be detrimental to the member's health, separation procedures are initiated




Waiver (review) for above (NAVADMIN 148/94, 1994)







Diagnosis of bulimia or anorexia nervosa




NOTE: DoD, Department of Defense; BF, body fat; PRT, physical readiness test; VO2max, maximal oxygen consumption.

* See Table B-2 for equations.

Number of sit-ups performed in 2 minutes.

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