USAFA's body fat % formula for females

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  1. Bracken

    Bracken Member

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    Does anyone know the formula USAFA uses to calculate body fat percentage for females using the neck, abdomen, and hip measurements?
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    https://www.academyadmissions.com/admissions/the-application-process/medical-evaluation/

    It says if you exceed the weight for your height, you must have measurements taken & submit them to Admissions who will calculate the fat % using a formula which is unprovided. The maximum allowable body fat is 18% for males and 26% for females. If you're over & deemed competitive, they can request a waiver.
    Below is an Army calculator which may give you an idea of where you're at.
    http://www.calculator.net/army-body-fat-calculator.html
     
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  3. Bracken

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    Thanks Wishful. The puzzling part is this. In DODMERB physical last month DD was 66 inches and 151 lbs. That's below the max weight for her height according to admissions website but today she received the letter saying she is outside height/weight guidelines and needs to get measured. Can ALO fix this or do we shut up and proceed with measurements?
     
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    Typically, the ALO can not alter the DODMERB assessments. I would proceed with the measurements as soon as possible and then let the DODMERB complete their process.
     
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    flieger83 Super Moderator 10-Year Member

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    An ALO can do nothing with this...it's a DODMERB call.

    As we tell our kids: "smile, salute smartly, and proceed with the mission."

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    As we tell our kids: "smile, salute smartly, and proceed with the mission."

    Navy version: a cheery “aye, aye.”
     
  7. Bracken

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I haven't done a good job explaining the situation. DODMERB sent email and her DODMERB portal says she is qualified. DODMERB did not say she missed the weight guideline. USAFA did. The same day DODMERB gave her the green light, she received email from USAFA saying "we have determined she falls outside the guidelines to enter USAFA." But she is within the guidelines published on USAFA admission website. At 66 inches, she can be 155 lbs but she was at 151, under the limit. So either someone made a mistake (a typo or misread a nurse's handwriting) or the weight/height chart is arbitrary, which I don't believe it is. I'm new to military so my question is this: What do we do to correct a mistake that has clearly been made?
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    It seems to me that the person/office who sent the email would need to be contacted for an explanation. Do not be surprised, as the veteran posters above mentioned, measurements may be necessary.
     
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    First, I would request to DODMERB, in writing, the copy of her DODMERB exam (this request letter can be scanned and emailed to DODMERB helpdesk , but scanned letter must be signed by DD), then once you have that, I would have DD contact her admissions counselor at USAFA and explain the situation and attach a copy of DODMERB portal showing her qualified, the DODMERB Exam showing her height and weight, the letter from USAFA saying she was outside of guidelines, and the table in link above, showing she is not outside guidelines (assuming her weight on the exam you get from DODMERB has her at 155). In the mean time, start the motions to have DD measured, and comply with USAFA's letter.
     
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  11. Bracken

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    Thank you falconchic88. We will proceed with both your suggested courses of action. Furthermore, I found the formula I was asking about in my initial post. If interested in the formula and charts, google afi36-2905. See page 112 for formula and attachment 20 for body fat tables. It has a publication date of 2013 and it's for AF not necessarily USAFA so I'm not positive it's current.
     
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    As a follow up, DD had measurements taken by an RN, and received notification that her BMI is within USAFA guidelines and is approved. The waiting continues.....
     
  13. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    One hoop just jumped thru!! Best of luck to her.