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Air Force Weight Standards

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Ncstate, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Ncstate

    Ncstate 5-Year Member

    Mar 27, 2011
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    I was just curious about what happens if you go overweight in AFROTC, but you have an excellent PT score and can max the waist measurement portion easily. I am currently only 2 lbs below my max weight even though all my weight is muscle. If i go over is there a body fat test they will do or anything else other than say i am not 'fit to fight'? Thanks
  2. FloridaDad

    FloridaDad 5-Year Member

    Nov 22, 2010
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    They tape you. Basically if you are fit you'll be OK. My DS's maximum weight on the army charts based on height is 206lbs. He is currently 220lbs and well under the body fat line on the tape test. He can actually add 40lbs and still be OK unless his waist size went up 4-5 inches.
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    Florida is correct it becomes a tape measure issue, but you never want to get to that point.

    The one thing people say all the time is I can max the PFA, only to realize when they get to the det., they had been doing it incorrectly and they DON'T max it.

    I would never suggest dieting. I would say, remember the tape you in more places than your waist, make sure you meet all of the spots.

    Our DS has been taped his entire AFROTC career, opposite issue...too thin. They take waist, wrists and arms. Additionally, he lived in fear for field training because they flat out stated if you lose @5 lbs at Maxwell we will medically turn you back. Point is if you still are on the end of the spectrum for taping beware, because they will keep an eye on you. DS is a 300, and this started when he applied for his scholarship 4 yrs ago.

    It is important to keep an eye on this because every semester you will be re-evaluated. If you are like our DS2, it is your frame, nothing you can do will change that (DS2 is 6'4 250, DS 1 5'10 145 lbs), but you need to be cognizant that this might be a forever deal with you just due to the fact of your build. Don't worry at all about it, just keep an eye on it. That means when you get to college and everyday is a buffet at the dining hall, be wise. It means if you work out now everyday to play a hs sport, but have no intention of playing sports, except XBOX 360 Madden 2010, than be honest with yourself.

    Bullet served 20 yrs in the AF as an officer, I would say 75% of the time he was taped. DS2 takes after him. It is nothing to be concerned about until you stop working out and start buying larger size clothing.

    Worse case scenario is they will place you on the watch list, and if you fail the 2nd time in a specific time period they will take action.

    Good luck
  4. -Bull-

    -Bull- 5-Year Member

    Mar 13, 2009
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    Taping isn't that big of an issue, as long as it isn't fat. The Army has a tendency to bulk people up during ROTC, so a good number of cadets I know get taped. I've even been taped a few times, despite the fact I have a low body fat %.

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