Advice about Physical Qualifications

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  1. runner06

    runner06 Member

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    So I am 5'2" and weight just under 100 pounds. I can do a lot physically and am active a lot with sports and working out. I try to gain weight but it is slightly difficult. Currently, I am a junior and have started my application. I am nervous about the DoDMERB in the near future and am also nervous about if I will become disqualified for being too skinny even if I can physically keep up. Any advice?
     
  2. hopefullcadet2015

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    Throughout my whole life I have been considered under weight. What I did was talk to people about diet. I went to a trainer and he made me record everything that I was eating. He gave me a goal for protein everyday and a calorie goal. To reach my goal I had to eat a lot more than I ever had before. It was hard at first but eventually I gained more weight and more muscle. And now I am not considered under weight but could still gain a few pounds. However I do not know what the standard to get disqualified is. You can look up the weight to height standards for the military. I think it goes unnoticed how hard it can be to gain weight. Best of luck to you!
     
  3. Usafamom2016

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    Minimum weight for 5'1" is 100, for 5'2" is 107. You are close. I agree, you need to work on protein intake, healthy calories. Speak with your doctor, a dietician or trainer to work on this. Strange fact, there are places at the academy that people under a certain weight are not allowed to go when the wind is high, they don't want you to get blown off!
     
  4. runner06

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    Thank you all for the advice! I will be sure to work extra hard to gain that weight!
     
  5. runner06

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    And hopefullcadet2015 :
    It is very hard to gain weight! I will be speaking with some people to see what I can do. Thank you!
     
  6. Boozebin

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    I'm also assuming by your name that you're a runner and at that weight I'd guess a distance runner. I would definitely seek advice on this from a professional. You want to put on the right kind of mass for the activity you're doing and as a distance runner it will be hard, you just have to work at it.
     
  7. runner06

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    Yes. I run cross country. I am currently seeking advice from my uncle who happens to be a nutritionist.
     
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