I Need to Gain Weight

callmelou

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Hey all!

I'm going out for the AFROTC and AROTC scholarships. I'm 6'0" tall, female, and weigh in at around 139 pounds. The minimum weight for my height is 138lbs. I don't think it's a good idea for me to be so close to the minimum since I don't want to risk a disqualification. However, whenever I try to gain weight, I usually end up sacrificing my athletic performance. I want to be as close to maximum on my PT scores as possible and a few extra pounds really seem to get in the way. Have any of you had this problem? Did you manage to solve it in time?
 

Dckc88

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Hey all!

I'm going out for the AFROTC and AROTC scholarships. I'm 6'0" tall, female, and weigh in at around 139 pounds. The minimum weight for my height is 138lbs. I don't think it's a good idea for me to be so close to the minimum since I don't want to risk a disqualification. However, whenever I try to gain weight, I usually end up sacrificing my athletic performance. I want to be as close to maximum on my PT scores as possible and a few extra pounds really seem to get in the way. Have any of you had this problem? Did you manage to solve it in time?

They want you to be healthy, they will look at your body fat percentage (tape measure) if you are under weight. My DD is pretty muscular, she is always "right on the line" for the top weight, so we definitely deal with this same type of concern when "the day" arrives. That day is tomorrow FYI, so this issue has definitely been on our minds lately. Each semester your scholarship does not activate until you make height and weight and pass the fitness test. You have a year to deal with this issue, you do notate your weight on your application but it won't disqualify you. And another thing to think of, not maxing your fitness test you will still qualify for your scholarship if you earn one and you can work on maxing it later in the semester. Not making weight and height you will not activate a scholarship you earned. Also gaining lean body mass over fat mass should not hinder your performance, on a 6 foot frame, a couple pounds of muscle should barely make a difference and should help you increase your push-up and sit ups. Good luck on your applicant process and keep us updated!
 

sheriff3

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I need to gain weight..... 5 words I have never said in the same sentence before!!! When you turn 50 you will no longer have this problem!

OP try protein shakes to put on some weight. I would not suggest the "Supersize Me " diet! DS is 6'5 " and weighs 180-185 soaking wet and uses protein shakes and protein powder to help build muscle mass. Just put up a 300 at his first afpt in Bolc so it seems to be working for him. Good luck.
 

turtlerunnernc

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My son has always been tall and skinny. We have been pouring protein shakes in him all summer. So, if at APFT time if he is under weight will he lose his scholarship? I'm confused. Sorry.
 

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My son has always been tall and skinny. We have been pouring protein shakes in him all summer. So, if at APFT time if he is under weight will he lose his scholarship? I'm confused. Sorry.

I will defer to Mohawk or Clarkson for final word on standards, but I believe that if your DS has already passed DoDMERB, then he should be okay unless there is an underlying medical issue causing the weight problem.
He will need to obviously build muscle mass in order to deal with the rucking.

My DD's husband was a Army Medic (68W) attached to light infantry, in Iraq near Mosul when his unit received mortar fire. He was on a wall and had to jump down with a wall with a 90 pound ruck on his back, causing his vertibrae to become compressed. Consequently, he left the military on disability.

He was NOT overweight but the stress is still hard on the body. Being on the low end of the weight scale doesn't help in such circumstances.
 

turtlerunnernc

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He is muscle and bone . All growing up he was in the 90% for height and 10% for weight. He's 6'-6'1" and 140-145lbs. No matter how we feed him. Wish I could say the same for me
 

MohawkArmyROTC

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My son has always been tall and skinny. We have been pouring protein shakes in him all summer. So, if at APFT time if he is under weight will he lose his scholarship? I'm confused. Sorry.

He will not lose his scholarship, if he has passed DODMERB.

My brother is 6' and 140lbs and is on his 22nd year of military service. As long as you are healthy and do not have a medical condition causing you to be underweight, it is all good.
 

Oldsalt

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I would not recommend gaining weight for gaining weights sake. It's a fitness issue and a way to process people out with eating disorders. So if you're not in either of those categories, I wouldn't worry about it.
One of my children was 15+lbs under weight when they were awarded their scholarship and stayed that way until the end of their Sophomore year. No one said boo. They were a 300 PFT and a D1 athlete.
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shock-n-awe

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Lean and mean fighting machine!
As long as there are no health issues, Eat healthy, stay strong, and that lean frame will go for miles when called upon....no worries
 

thibaud

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Protein is the solution. Red meat & protein shakes. Whole Foods/Amazon now sells juicy bone-in ribeye steaks for $13/lb. :)
 

THmom

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@clarksonarmy, is this still the case?.... If a scholarship winner is underweight, yet passes DoDMERB, it won’t hold them back from contracting? Thanks!
 

MullenLE

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DoDMERB does not apply and medical DQs for overweight or underweight UNLESS there's an assoociated underlying medical condition.

Ht/Wt is administrative per Service :wiggle:
 
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