Those who are either new recruits or currently serving soldiers express a lot of concern over the U.S. Army Height and Weight standard requirements which play a crucial role in the armed screening process for all future soldiers, officers, and enlisted personnel. 

In this paper, you will be provided with the up-to-date official U.S. Army Height and weight standards chart for both males and females based on their ages and stature (also known as the AR 600-9 or Army Regulation 600-9). Take your precious time to check whether your height and weight qualify for these standards or not. Additionally, you also will be given some useful advice to help you become eligible for the Army requirements of appearances. Keep in mind that failure to meet these requirements most likely prevent your dream of serving in uniforms. Therefore, let’s thoroughly read the following blog in order to properly prepare for your Army registration. 


1. Army Height And Weight Standards For New Recruits 


Although all new recruits might abide by the same basic Army height and weight standard requirements as currently serving military members, the screening process for future warriors who haven’t currently met physical standards is obviously quite distinctive compared to those who have already completed U.S. military basic training. 


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U.S. Navy New Recruits will be screened for height and weight at MEPs 

Nevertheless, the biggest difference in meeting the Army’s standards between new initiates and currently serving members is that the former is the gateway to starting a military career and the latter is to meet for the purpose of serving the Army workforce. 

Especially, if a new initiate is assessed as not meeting the Army physical standards counting height or weight issues will go into organized fitness programs or other means. 


1.2. Army Height Minimums And Maximums


Based on the U.S. Army’s official site for recruiting: 

  • The height range for male recruits begins at 5 feet 0 inch (about 1.52 meters)  and ends at 6 feet 8 inches (roughly 2.59 meters) 
  • The height range for female initiates starts at 4 feet 10 inches(about 1.47 meters) and ends at 6 feet 8 inches (about 2.03 meters) 

Take note: The age of 17 is the minimum age for these prerequisites.


1.2. Body Composition Rules ( Body Mass Vs. Body Fat) 


In addition to the height requirements, recruits have to meet the weight demands based on age, sexual orientation, and height. For example: 

  • An 18-year-old male Army recruit who is 5 feet 5 inches must weigh no more than 163 lbs (73.9kg). 
  • A 25-year-old male Army recruit who is the same height can weigh no more than 165 lbs (74.8kg).
  • A 30-year-old male Army recruit who is 5 feet 5 inches can weigh no more than 168 Ibs (76.2kg).

It should be noted that according to the Army, body composition is defined as “the amount of body fat a soldier has in comparison to their total body mass.” Your body fat percentage refers to the amount of fat (including both essential fat and storage fat) present in your body as a percentage. 

If you have exceeded the U.S. Army height and weight standards requirements, you might be still qualified for serving in the military by being lower than the designated body fat for your age based on standards. 

Take note: You don’t think you might drop the exercise program once you have met standards because it’s just a case of getting within the current requirements. Actually, the Army has attached special importance to its recruiting standards. Therefore, they state obviously that any recruit who becomes an active military service and fails to maintain within physical benchmarks a half year later is required to go into the ABCP (or Army Body Composition Program) which is a mandatory overseen and regulated fitness program. 


1.3. On Waivers Programs


Some certain applicants who don’t meet the minimum requirements might get a waiver after their recruiter has applied for it. However, these are done on a case-by-case basis, therefore, no across-the-board guidance for such circumstances is found. You might ask your recruiter forthright about the potential for a waiver and under what circumstances the Army force regulations currently allow them. 


2. U.S. Army Height & Weight Standards For Current Soldiers


Currently serving troops will be tested again for body composition after 6 months of going on active duty. Therefore, the physical requirements become a career-long concern for all Army soldiers. Now, let’s take a closer look at the following requirements for Army height and weight for those currently serving:

  • Soldiers must meet the Army body fat standards which are presented in the following table including both height and weight ratios.
  • At least once every six months, soldiers are weighed and measured to ensure their compliance.
  • Using the Army’s “weight for height table” as a screening tool is authorized to commanders 
  • The Army regulations don’t require any body fat assessment if you don’t exceed the authorized screening table weight for their age and measured height”. In contrast, those who fail to meet weight standards will get a body fat assessment by commanders. In case they continuously fail to meet body fat standards, they must be identified and enrolled in the ABCP which provides exercise instruction, dietary counseling, and other health programs, and are required to obtain the optimal body composition and performance to be released from it.
  • The circumference-based tape method is regarded as the Army’s authorized method of estimating body fat.

Take note: What is the circumference-based tape method? 

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The U.S Army Body Fat Measurement

In order to keep soldiers fit for duty, the U.S. military tape test uses circumference measurements around the neck, two spots at the waist and hips (for women). This measurement is then placed into an algorithm chart (Pentagon-generated chart) to be compared against height measurements so as to produce a percentage of body fat. The equation is described in the Army Regulation 600-9 – The Army Body Composition Program.

  • It looks like this for men:

%BF = (86.010 * log10( waist – neck ) ) – [70.041 * log10(height)) + 36.76

  • And like this for women:

%BF = (163.205 * log10( waist + hip – neck ) ) – (97.684 * log10(height)) – 78.387

Please be aware that the preceding formulas are intended to function for values in imperial units.

According to the Department of the Army, the current military body mass policy requires service members to maintain body fat levels described in Regulation 600-9 as follows: 

Age Group Max Body Fat % — Male Max Body Fat % — Female
17 – 20 20% 30%
21 – 27 22% 32%
28 — 39 24% 34%
40 and older 26% 36%

Exceeding body fat standards within the services may lead to some severe consequences including fitness programs, limits on promotions, and ultimately discharge.


3. U.S. Army Height And Weight Standard Requirements for Males


Here is the Army’s weight minimum and maximum allowable for male recruits. It is divided by height and then further into different age groups.



Of Males

Minimum Weight Maximum Weight

Age 17-20

Maximum Weight

Age 21-27

Maximum Weight

Age 28-39

Maximum Weight

Age 40+

58 in 91 lbs        
59 in 94 lbs        
60 in 97 lbs 139 lbs 141 lbs 143 lbs 146 lbs
61 in 100 lbs 144 lbs 146 lbs 148 lbs 151 lbs
62 in 104 lbs 148 lbs 150 lbs 153 lbs 156 lbs
63 in 107 lbs 153 lbs 145 lbs 158 lbs 161 lbs
64 in 110 lbs 158 lbs 160 lbs 163 lbs 166 lbs
65 in 114 lbs 163 lbs 165 Ibs 168 lbs 171 lbs
66 in 117 lbs 168 lbs 170 lbs 173 lbs 177 lbs
67 in 121 lbs 174 lbs 176 lbs 179 lbs 182 lbs
68 in 125 lbs 179 lbs 181 lbs 184 lbs 187 lbs
69 in 128 lbs 184 lbs 186 lbs 189 lbs 193 lbs
70 in 132 lbs 189 lbs 192 lbs 195 lbs 199 lbs
71 in 136 lbs 194 lbs 197 lbs 201 lbs 204 lbs
72 in 140 lbs 200 lbs 203 lbs 206 lbs 210 lbs
73 in 144 lbs 205 lbs 208 lbs 212 lbs 216 lbs
74 in 148 lbs 211 lbs 214 lbs 218 lbs 222 lbs
75 in 152 lbs 217 lbs 220 lbs 224 lbs 228 lbs
76 in 156 lbs 223 lbs 226 lbs 230 lbs 234 lbs
77 in 160 lbs 229 lbs 232 lbs 236 lbs 240 lbs
78 in 164 lbs 235 lbs 238 lbs 242 lbs 247 lbs
79 in 168 lbs 241 lbs 244 lbs 248 lbs 253 lbs
80 in 173 lbs 247 lbs 250 lbs 255 lbs 259 lbs


4. U.S. Army Height And Weight Standard Requirements for Females


Below is the Army’s weight minimum and maximum allowable for female recruits. It is broken down by height and then further into different age groups.


Of Females

Minimum Weight


Maximum Weight

Age 17-20

Maximum Weight

Age 21-27

Maximum Weight

Age 28-39

Maximum Weight

Age 40+

58 in 91 lbs 122 lbs 124 lbs 126 lbs 127 lbs
59 in 94 lbs 127 lbs 128 lbs 130 lbs 131 lbs
60 in 97 lbs 132 lbs 134 lbs 135 lbs 136 lbs
61 in 100 lbs 136 lbs 137 lbs 139 lbs 141 lbs
62 in 104 lbs 140 lbs 141 lbs 144 lbs 145 lbs
63 in 107 lbs 145 lbs 147 lbs 148 lbs 149 lbs
64 in 110 Ibs 149 lbs 151 lbs 153 Ibs 154 Ibs
65 in 114 lbs 154 lbs 156 Ibs 158 lbs 160  lbs
66 in 117 lbs 160 lbs 160 lbs 162 lbs 165 lbs
67 in 121 lbs 163 lbs 166 lbs 168 lbs 169 Ibs
68 in 125 lbs 168 lbs 171 lbs 173 lbs 174 lbs
69 in 128 lbs 173 lbs 176 lbs 178 lbs 180 lbs
70 in 132 lbs 178 lbs 181 lbs 183 lbs 185 lbs
71 in 136 lbs 183 lbs 186 lbs 188 lbs 191 lbs
72 in 140 lbs 189 Ibs 191 lbs 194 lbs 196 lbs
73 in 144 lbs 194 Ibs 196 lbs 200 lbs 202 lbs
74 in 148 lbs 199 lbs 203 lbs 204 lbs 206 lbs
75 in 152 lbs 205 lbs 208 lbs 210 lbs 212 lbs
76 in 156 lbs 210 lbs 213 lbs 215 lbs 216 lbs
77 in 160 lbs 216 lbs 219 lbs 221 lbs 223 lbs
78 in 164 lbs 222 lbs 224 lbs 227 lbs 229 lbs
79 in 168 lbs 227 lbs 230 lbs 234 lbs 236 lbs
80 in 173 lbs 233 lbs 236 lbs 240 lbs 241 lbs

>>> See Also: Standard U.S. Military Fitness Requirements For Each Branch


5. The measurement of Army height and weight 


The Army workforce conventionally takes official weight and stature estimation to assess an applicant’s physical condition. The Army height and weight assessment will be taken authoritatively as a portion of the physical exam of the MEPs (U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station). 

Both Army height and weight estimations will be adjusted up or down to the closest inch with the following rules: 

  • If height division is less than a half-inch, round down. 
  • If the official height division could be a half-inch or more noteworthy, round up. 
  • If weight division is less than a half-pounds, circular down
  • If weight division is a half-pound or greater, circular up

For instance, if your current weight is measured at 169,7 lbs (pounds), your official weight which will be recorded is exactly 170 lbs.

Take note: To get the exact height estimation, your body should be straight but not rigid, your feet on a flat surface, and your chin parallel to the floor. 

In case your weight surpasses the maximum restriction given by the U.S. Army force, the Military Entrance Processing Station authorities may conduct a body fat rate test before the process of enlisting

Read more >> The U.S. Navy Height And Weight Standards


6.  Physical preparation and readiness for enlistment


One of the Army Recruiting’s advice on preparing to meet physical standards is that “Good body composition is best gained via proper diet and workout”

Besides, the  Army indicates that poor body composition has a negative effect on appearance, self-esteem, and negatively influences attitude and morale. Therefore, they always encourage their applicants to get involved in a fitness program that consists of many activities such as running, swimming, and cycling which have been proven to have a positive effect on the physical health of US soldiers.

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The U.S Army basic training in fitness program 

What’s more, recruits had better consult their physicians prior to starting any new fitness diet, especially a severe one. Furthermore, Do not pursue fad diets and exercise programs that start only a few weeks before your weigh-in date, etc.

To sum up, we sincerely hope that this information about the U.S. Army height and weight standard requirements above will be helpful to you either during the registration process or during the serving procedure. Don’t forget to take our free ASVAB practice test if you want to pass the enlistment exam and enter the U.S. Army.