Do I get weight/height measure at Interview?

senior2k17

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Hello, so I have been reading around and seeing that for my interview with the PMS for Army ROTC scholarship, I would have my height and weight measure, is this true? Currently I'm fairly fit but my weight is exceeding the max by a few pounds and I'm trying to lose that asap.
 

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It depends on the PMS--and they would have to tell you in advance so that you could come prepared to undress. It is not a requirement but if the PMS said, "Show up prepared to take the PFT and do a height/weight measurement," you would want to come prepared. Also, it is not necessarily height/weight but also body fat measurement. You will want to read those standards and ensure that you are meeting them.

I edited my post...and I will say it again. When you show up to your DoDMERB and when you show up to your unit, you want to make sure that you meet the tape test requirement. The standard and the process and the calculations are available online at many webpages. Do not wait until the week or two before school starts and risk losing your scholarship on this issue--when there is time and opportunity to constructively ensure that you meet these standards.
 

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@DrMom Is it safe to assume that the DoDMERB is what going to determine my height/weight officially for the scholarship? And the scholarship selection won't have anything to do with it until I receive the offer?
 

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Hello, so I have been reading around and seeing that for my interview with the PMS for Army ROTC scholarship, I would have my height and weight measure, is this true? Currently I'm fairly fit but my weight is exceeding the max by a few pounds and I'm trying to lose that asap.

When I interviewed, they simply asked me if the numbers on my application were accurate, and didn't say anything about it beyond that. But you will be measured within the first semester you show up to your unit, and you'll be expected to pass everything before the scholarship activates. They'll know anyway from the "Personal Information" section on your application.
 

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Also, height and weight measurements are taken during your DoDMERB exam.
 

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Dear Senior...I don't want this to bite you later...I don't...How far over the weight standard are you? (Do not answer...just answer in your head.) If it is 1-5 lbs, and you are not a little thick because of your varsity sport, I think you should consult with a nutritionist. Otherwise, I want you to get familiar with how the Army measures and calculates body fat. This will be important to you if you are unlikely to come in at the height weight standard. Here is a link to the calculator: http://www.calculator.net/army-body-fat-calculator.html (Set it for 'woman'--the places taped are different by gender). However, what is important is that YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE MEASURED...if you are a thick thighed sort of girl (like myself back in the day especially when I was muscular like a boss as a young woman in my teens and twenties--when I could hump 60 lbs 20 miles while encouraging my platoon...now I am seriously wispy...it is a pretty weak look but when I had the boys, they left me slim, actually.) Look at page 29 specifically in AR 600-9. http://www.wood.army.mil/sapper/document_frames/ar600_9.pdf

Look at where you are supposed to be taped (around your bottom at the widest point--but never around your thighs) for all of the points.
Work with a friend to take a set of measurements and then put them into the calculator so that you can see where you fall...

Do not be discouraged. Just be fully informed. You don't wish to blow your dream over BMI.
 

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Also, please do not be unhealthy over this. You will definitely be measured for height and weight at the DoDMERB (no getting around that) but what you have to understand is that about every six months you will be expected to get on the scale as part of your job. (It is horrifying in many respects to a lot of women.) However, you have a lot of time. If you want to PM me, we can do that too although the truth is, I would feel better if your mother was part of the conversation, too. This used to really plague me when I was a young officer...it is a problem for a lot of young women. You are definitely not alone.
 
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Hello, so I have been reading around and seeing that for my interview with the PMS for Army ROTC scholarship, I would have my height and weight measure, is this true? Currently I'm fairly fit but my weight is exceeding the max by a few pounds and I'm trying to lose that asap.

You will not me measured for HT and WT at the interview. If you are over the max allowable weight, then you get a body fat tape test. Your age and gender determines your max allowable BF%.

You do not have to passt Ht/Wt or BF% until you are in college as it is a contracting requirement. However, you have can't be more than 30lbs over in order to get a DODMERB appt.
 
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