Height and Weight

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  1. mei1763508

    mei1763508 Member

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    I received a letter from USMA stating that I am outside the weight limit for my height , I am about 12 pounds below the weight minimum but meet the BMI requirement. The letter says I must meet one or the other. Should I try to gain some weight before R-Day (lean muscle weight not just fat) or should I just try to maintain what I am now.
     
  2. nikkip

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    I'm confused, you said the letter said you must meet one or the other and you said you meet the BMI standard?? Then that means you're fine because you meet the BMI standard, unless I'm missing something!
     
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    Okay, I mispoke earlier it is not the BMI that they take into account but the Body Fat percentage. The minimum is 19% and when I got tested I was exactly that. Should I try to gain weight just to try to guarantee that when the time comes I meet/exceed that number or should I just keep doing what I am doing?
     
  4. nikkip

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    Maybe someone else will answer also, but I would just keep doing what you're doing. If you're the right body fat % then I'm sure you're fine. I think they just want to make sure people aren't severely under (or over) weight because of something that's not just you naturally being slim! I'm almost the max weight for my height so you're not the only one close to the edge! Don't worry if you're healthy you should be fine. Enjoy the rest of your senior year :)
     
  5. MABlue

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    I think the 19% body fat is actually the BMI you were talking about earlier. 19% body fat is not considered underweight by any means. In fact, I believe the absolute MAX body fat percentage allowed by an SA is 15%. If you were 12 pounds UNDER the weight limit, I would guess there is an error in the way you are viewing the stats. Generally, less than 10% Bodyfat + low scale reading would lead you to be considered underweight.
     
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    Max bf% is definitely not 15%. I'm fairly certain that USMA falls under AR 600-9 (the army body composition program) in which females aged 17-20 are allowed up to 30% bodyfat.
     
  7. MABlue

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    My bad, I meant to say 25% for males.
     

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