AROTC Height and Weight Question

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  1. RKO123

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    If you're slightly over the weight for your height for the AROTC, say 5 to 10 pounds, is the tape measure test then conducted? And if you pass the tape measure test with the acceptable body fat percentage, then you still pass even though you may be slightly over the weight limit, is that correct? Also, is this conducted during the first APFT? I'm just a big muscle type guy and I'm between 5 and 10 pounds over the weight limit for my height but I think I'm still in the acceptable body fat percentage range based on the tape measure test, and I just want to make sure I won't lose my scholarship because of that. Thanks!
     
  2. goaliedad

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    From our conversation with the a member of the cadre at goaliegirl's school, they have no problem with taping to certify "bodyfat percentage" (as opposed to relying on height/weight tables).

    As to the timing of the measurement, I believe it is like passing your APFT - your scholarship is not active until you pass, so I would assume that there will be a weigh-in/taping for all scholarship recipients early on and then at every opportunity for the APFT.

    If it makes you feel better, there are many varsity athletes who come into ROTC with more pounds than will certify them on the height/weight scale. They typically engage in sports where power is more critical than long-distance endurance. Helmeted sports come to mind here.
     
  3. Pima

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    They also tape if you are underweight. Our DS has a runners frame, even though he is not a runner, he has been taped every yr, twice a yr since joining ROTC. He will be going to summer training in a few weeks, and they have already told him because of his height/weight and tape measurements he is not allowed to lose more than 5 lbs in the field or he is in danger.

    My point is that height and weight are more subjective than you would believe. 5 lbs for a 6'1 guy is different than 5 lbs for a 5'2 girl. They will do everything to make sure that if your weight is off, it is muscle not fat.

    DS was taped before the APFT because of his DODMERB physical. They may catch you then and if they do, AND you are at a good det., they will keep an eye on you personally because of it.
     
  4. RKO123

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    Ok thanks. goaliedad, I was an All-State Offensive Tackle for football last year and I weighed 260 pounds. I'm 6'3". Right now I currently weigh 225 pounds. I'm been working really hard to drop off the extra pounds and I think I may be a few pounds over on weigh in day. However, I have done the tape test before and I do pass with body fat percentage. So after reading both of your responses, I feel a lot better. Thank you!
     
  5. GAMCJROTCMOM

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    That's what my daughter, who will be a Varsity athlete in 2 sports in college, was told as well. They will do the tape test at the first APFT when you get to school. The RO at my daughter's school said if you're 5-10 pounds over and pass tape, no problem. If you get more than 10 pounds over you could be in trouble. The thing is that you do not start getting your monthly stipend until you pass the APFT (including weight), so although you have until mid-December or so to qualify for your scholarship, you won't get your monthly check until you pass. I think that how strictly they do the tape may depend on the school's officers. One school looked at my daughter and said "oh, you're physically fit, you won't have a problem". The RO at her school she's attending seems much more strict about it.
    Good luck to everyone!
     
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    Are you playing football in college? My nephew plays football at West Point and there's no way he's under the weight limit. I think they must make exceptions.
     
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    The Special Athlete Program (SAP) exempts them from HT/WT, but they must pass before commissioning. Two classmates of mine could not.

    If you're over your screening weight, the amount you're over does not matter so long as you pass tape, generally speaking.
     
  8. RKO123

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    No, I'm not. I was contacted by the coach and stuff, but I really just want to devote my time to ROTC and academics. I'm majoring in aerospace engineering and I figure between that and my ROTC commitments most of my time would be consumed and I wouldn't have time for football.

    Thank you for all the replies, after reading all these I'm not real worried about being 5-10 pounds over the limit now. Thanks!
     
  9. goaliedad

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    D1 athletics (Arizona State IIRC?) and ROTC are a very challenging combination, especially with a challenging major like yours. I can understand your hesitancy to overcommit.

    That being said, the cadre at UW Eau Claire have been very supportive of goaligirl's pursuit of varsity athletics while in school. They very much like to see their folks involved in other school activities besides ROTC. Coach has been very supportive as well. D3 is a much better situation for student athletes without the athletic scholarships which tend to warp the priorities of some students.

    Best of luck with your training and upcoming school experience.
     
  10. RKO123

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    Thank you!
     
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    Is the Special Athlete Program only at the Academies, or at any school that has the scholarship? I'm wondering if my daughter would be exempt if she's playing two varsity sports?
     

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