Failed body fat percentage on form O-220

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  1. wannabe_falcon_kid

    wannabe_falcon_kid New Member

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    I recently had to take the form O-220 body fat test because I was weighed incorrectly at my DODMERB test. (The lady who administered the test could not make the scale work and put me down at an incorrect weight.)
    I took the form O-220 test and it said I failed because my body fat is 31%. This makes absolutely no sense because I am 6'2 and 3/4 (74.75 in.) and I am 194 lbs. I am within the weight standard AND a sports physical I took this summer said I was only 24% body fat. (There's no way I could have gained that much weight). I am a basketball player, too, in pretty good shape.
    Will I be disqualified for this? What should I do? All help is apreciated.
     
  2. THParent

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    I suppose you're within the weight standard if you interpolate between 74" (194 pounds) and 75" (200 pounds).
    Since you're 74.75" tall, that would make 198 your maximum allowable weight, but 4 pounds from max weight is sort of balancing on the razor's edge, there.

    The body fat test is to verify if that close-to-the-max weight you're carrying is "more muscle than fat", in which case you get a pass.
    If your body fat percentage is 18% or less for males and 26% or less for females, then you're good.

    A standard BMI calculation is going to render a result of 24.4 for your height and weight. The O-220 calculator
    adds data for waist size, neck size, hip size, and activity level. It is those factors that change the BMI.

    Losing enough weight to take you well under the maximum weight, will also change those measurements.
     
  3. MidwestDad

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    Our annual workplace 'wellness' evaluation typically is +/- 10% for my height and weight measurements. Sure seems like a basic skill to get height and weight readings properly but seems to befuddle many health professionals. Makes for an interesting graph of my height over the past 10 years . . .
     
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    My DD just went through the same thing. The letter that followed said that if they find her competitive they “could” ask her to measure again. She was 4 lbs over the weight, and is also an athlete. We’ve hired a trainer to try to get her under the weight threshold just in case USMA wants her measured as well.
     
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    I’ve also read somewhere on this forum that it could take well into spring to find out if they want you bad enough to have you retaped.
     
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    Thank you for the input here. Is it still possible for me to get in to USAFA? Basketball season is starting soon and I lose weight every season. Also, the test of my app is strong as far as leadership and grades and SAT scores.
     
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    Are you a recruited athlete? If so, I’d say the chances are good for a re-tape in the spring.
     
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    [QUOTE="wannabe_falcon_kid]Thank you for the input here. Is it still possible for me to get in to USAFA? Basketball season is starting soon and I lose weight every season. Also, the test of my app is strong as far as leadership and grades and SAT scores.[/QUOTE]

    Anything is possible.
    If questions come up during the application process - you answer them in a timely manner - and you move on.
    It's a process that is not a sprint, but a marathon. You have to push on and get the information submitted and hope for the best.

    In the mean time - if weight is not a problem during the basketball season - then that level of activity needs to continue throughout the balance of the year. One thing that will be a continuing theme through your tenure at USAFA and after commissioning as an officer, is annual and quantifiable good physical fitness. Height/weight ratios and BMI will be a part of that calculation, along with passing the PFT.
     
  9. dgusafa

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    My state is like yours, I took the O-220 test and got the following today "Based on the measurements submitted, your calculated body fat of 21% exceeds the Air Force Academy entrance standard of 18% for males. If it is determined that you are otherwise competitive for an offer of appointment, the Admissions Office will consider you for a waiver and/or ask that you be re-measured. Please ensure that your file is complete by your deadline so that you may be reviewed for an appointment. The Admissions Office will review all files in mid-March. In the meantime, we recommend you continue an active fitness program and maintain a healthy diet. No further action is required with respect to your body fat measurement unless you are contacted by our office."

    I am not sure if I will have to take another test or I qualify for a waiver. I already have received a LOA from USNA but USAFA is my first choice.