Waiver for height and weight standards

I'm in 10th grade now, but I already know that I really want to apply to the Naval Academy.I was just looking at the disqualifying medical conditions here: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/_files/documents/MedicalAppendix1.pdf and it said that since I am 5'7, I would need to weigh 121 lbs.

I've been 5'7'' and 110 lbs for a long time, and while I am going to try and gain some muscle in the next year, I am worried that I might not reach the minimum weight quickly enough. I'm in pretty good shape now, since I run and do karate. I'm not underweight. My BMI is considered healthy for my age and gender. Even if I don't reach 121 lbs is there a good chance that I could get a waiver?
 

WP22

Member
I'm in the same boat. I read somewhere that if you're underweight you do not need a waiver you just need to get your weight up to the minimum before R day or I day.
 
Actually @brovol , I know a cadet who did something similar to what you suggested. And it worked. True story.

Lol poor kid was forced to eat extra rations during beast and did eventually pack on enough pounds, but it wasn't easy. Naturally there was no 'fun ' food to eat during beast.
 

Dckc88

Member
I'm in 10th grade now, but I already know that I really want to apply to the Naval Academy.I was just looking at the disqualifying medical conditions here: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/_files/documents/MedicalAppendix1.pdf and it said that since I am 5'7, I would need to weigh 121 lbs.

I've been 5'7'' and 110 lbs for a long time, and while I am going to try and gain some muscle in the next year, I am worried that I might not reach the minimum weight quickly enough. I'm in pretty good shape now, since I run and do karate. I'm not underweight. My BMI is considered healthy for my age and gender. Even if I don't reach 121 lbs is there a good chance that I could get a waiver?
Your fine. Your body will change a lot in two years. I would not panic at this point at all. It sounds like you are fit, however what you are doing for fitness is one sided to endurance strength activities. Lift some weights, connect with someone who understands the protocols to cause hypertrophy (muscle gain), you do not need to lift for pure power or for endurance, at least not to get to your goal of gaining weight. Over the next two years spend a few days a week in the weight room and eat more around those sessions and your body will continue to develop in the right direction. Healthy but heavier. My background in the training world is nutrition and body building (actual graduate school with experience, not based on my opinion but in evidence based science) so feel free to PM me anytime. But you have lots and lots of time to make a positive impact.

Edit: FYI if you are thinking of a waiver because you fear gaining weight that is a whole different conversation!
 

MohawkArmyROTC

Recruiting Operations Officer
You do not need a waiver for being underweight. If you pass a physical and are deemed healthy, being underweight is fine. My brother is 41, and a warrant officer, pilot in the Army. He has been underweight his entire career.

As far as entrance into the SA, you may need to initially make weight, but after that you will be fine.
 

Humey

Member
From what I have read, the height and weight are average weighs for average people. If they said 5'11 should be 160 pounds and the person is 185, then it would depend if the person was all muscle or all fat. The person with the muscle wouldnt have an issue, the fat person would. Same holds true for underweight. If you are healthy and small framed, there probably wont be an issue. If you big frame, underweight and look anorexic, you are going to have a problem
 
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