Height Limits?

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  1. treetop42

    treetop42 New Member

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    Hi I'm currently 6'7" and I'm going to the SS program and plan on trying to get into the academy does anyone know of any Height Limitations for the Marines?
     
  2. jbrown

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    I've been out for quite some time, but when I was in there was a minimum of 5'4" and no max that I was aware of.

    I knew two Marines during my time, that were both taller than you are. If it's the same, and you can get in with your height (which I don't think is an issue), you'll find that some MOS's are not going to work.

    For example, you need to fit into a cockpit to be a pilot, you need to fit into the tank to be on a tank crew, etc.

    I think anything in the 03 field would be wide open, also Intel, Artillery, etc. They'll special order uniforms that fit you, but they won't order equipment to fit you. That should be a good rule of thumb.

    But send an email to Larry Mullen and ask for the height/weight requirements.

    JB
     
  3. NorthernCalMother

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    TreeTop, my son is 6'7" and he's not the tallest Mid @ USNA (OK, he's one of the tallest --made it easier to spot him in plebe pix posted online).

    JBrown's point re: service assignment is a good one. Son said jets would be a problem but helo's would be OK. Many years ago, my 6'2" husband flew fighters for the USMC w/ the warning that if he had to eject, he'd probably break both knees -- of course the planes he flew are in museums now. Maybe they're bigger now.

    Son had a summer training cruise on a destroyer that gave him fits -- couldn't stand up straight, and his back bugged him for weeks afterwards. I imagine it would be worse in a sub.
     
  4. bossf51

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    Let's see, David "The Admiral" Robinson was 7-2, so I guess you're ok...:jaw:
     
  5. Capt MJ

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    Ahh, David R. was below the max height on I-Day but grew like a weed while he was there. Had to make a custom bunk for him in 6th wing. Musta been that fine King Hall chow.

    We had a sponsor son who was 6'10". Didn't find his aviation or sub cruises comfy. Happy as a clam as an EOD guy now.
     
  6. Luigi59

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    Robinson didn't go USMC, he went Navy.

    The OP is asking specifically about the USMC.
     
  7. jbrown

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    I think subs would be okay for 6'2". I'm 6'2" and I hitched a ride on a sub once and I was more than comfortable. Kind of. The sub was the Sam Houston, and I was actually amazed at the room in it.

    I think the jets are an issue, like mentioned above. Not only for the knees, but for head clearance. When turning a few G's, you'll want that inch or two around your head. You need it to turn your head and look around, and you also don't want to be bouncing it off the bubble.

    Helo's like mentioned above would be fine if you're a pilot, but not the crew chief. The Crew Chief for example on a CH-53 will step off the back ramp and will stand near the rear prop to guide the Marines safely around it. If he's so tall that he might be in danger near it, that would be a problem.

    Height is considered very frequently for billets. In fact, after I finished ITS, I think it's called SOI now. The 300 PFT'ers were lined up by height, and the tallest were selected for Marine Barracks 8 and I.

    So sometimes the extra height is good.

    jb
     

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