Possibility of Weight Issues

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  1. R.Martin95

    R.Martin95 Member

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    Most of the time, I sit slightly below Army weight standards - about 3 lbs below the maximum allowed weight. However, my DoDMERB exam is coming up in about a week, and I'm afraid that it happens to correlate with the onset of my menstrual cycle, which might bump me above the maximum weight. Would this be grounds for a DQ or would the exam administrator take note of this? Also, would there be any other pieces of the exam that might be effected by having my period when it is administered.

    Thank you so much!
     
  2. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    I am unsure about what the effects could be of your menstruating during your DoDMERB physical. For the weight issue, if you are over weight, and you are a competitive candidate, the Army will most likely ask for a body dimension measurement to be conducted by a local medical professional or local Army recruiter to determine body fat percentage. Here is non Army approved website that has a body fat calculator on it. It has to be the Army tape test to be an official body fat measurement. Also know that they have reduced the amount of body fat an entering Soldier or Candidate can have, but I am unsure by how much. The information on the website I provided it a few percentage points out of date. Good luck!
     
  3. Roxymom

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    Stay away from salt- starting now.
     
  4. R.Martin95

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    Thank you so much, GoArmyBeatNavy, that link and the information was very helpful and put my fears at rest. And yeah, I'm trying to give up any possible water-weight bloating, so avoiding salt would be a very good idea. ^-^

    Thank you so much!
     
  5. scoutpilot

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    Long term, you will most likely need to find a serious way to address your weight issues. Very few people lose weight their freshman year, so if you're up against the weight standards in high school, you are likely headed for serious consequences when HT/WT happens.
     
  6. R.Martin95

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    Scoutpilot - Yes, I understand that, sir; I know that, if admitted, that my weight will be something I'll need to keep on top of to be a good cadet. I know that I'll need to work on strategies to maintaining my current balanced diet and continually weight myself to stay under. I have no intention on getting into my dream school and then being kicked out for eating too many cookies XD Thank you, though.
     
  7. kdc246

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    There might be one more part of the exam that could be affected by your period. My daughter had this happen to her. During the urinalysis, it showed protein in her urine. We had to go back for another test at a later date. Depending on the length of drive you have and the ability to miss school to make these appointments, these are the concerns that come to mind.
     
  8. another13mom

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    ^^ DODMERB exams no longer include a urinalysis unless some other condition indicates the need on a remedial. As for the weight issues, go at them hard and with the idea to take off enough and keep it off for the long haul so it will never be an issue again. Passing APFT and IOCT irrelevant these days if overweight - reduction in privileges, etc. will occur until substantial compliance met. So... as scoutpilot said, if it's an issue, best to take it head on.
     

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