Weight concern for R-Day

Soldiergriz

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DS is 5'9" 193 lbs which is overweight for his height. I'm hoping no issues on R-Day. I'm wondering if he should try to get down to 180 by R-Day? He is well built with very little body fat. he works out everyday and also runs 3 miles each morning. He did 12 pull-ups on his CFA and ran a 6:05 mile. He has BIG quads from years of ice hockey and he is really strong. Should he try to slim down or stay strong like he is? He is a 3rd time reapplicant so he is older than most incoming plebes, at 21 he is a man now. His brother was 6'2" 190 when at USMA so he had no issues.

Infantry Colonel here. Pass the tape...no issue.

Commanders run our Army...not someone in "Battalion Operations."

Standards are standards...over table weight...get taped...meet the standard. My guess is the majority of WP football players are taped. No big deal.
 

Roadking

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You wrote, “He’s advised he doesn’t have have fat to lose.” Tell me who said this.
My advise is to lose the weight. Period. The upperclassmen and Active Duty staff will be looking for him every APFT event. And once on Active Duty, Battalion Ops Officer will be looking for him after APFT.
He runs a 6 minute mile. He will not be holding his company back on runs.
 

kinnem

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Last entry. Then Prepare to embrace the suck —> As long as there are weight issues, operations staff will be looking for him for a tape test and weigh-in during his entire military career. Good Luck.🍀
While that's true, it's not an issue as long as one keeps that muscle. My son has been taped since his NROTC days. No problemo.
 

Devil Doc

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While that's true, it's not an issue as long as one keeps that muscle. My son has been taped since his NROTC days. No problemo.
Same. Except the NROTC part. Mine has almost zero body fat, lives in the gym unless he's at work, and throws on a pack and goes on a 8 mile hike in the desert. Alone. For fun. And when somebody from "battalion operations' comes looking for him, he sends Chuck Norris to take care of his dirty work.
 

Casey

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He will not attract attention from upper class for being tape tested. Especially with the focus in the Army shifting to functional fitness, there’s been significant moves from the culture of everyone needing to be a skinny runner that runs fast to be considered a good officer.

Like I said before, the table is a screener. Pass tape and he will be fine if he’s in shape which he sounds like he is
 
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I’m just going to send my condolences to those poor souls who encounter your DS on the ice. Not only is he insanely fit, he’s got the build that makes it impossible to hit him off the puck.
 

bookreader

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@Roadking - my son was a very similar size to you son while at WP (class of 2020) and he was taped each time and there was no issue with that. In fact, then he was a Rab, it was a point of pride for the male Rabs that they'd get taped and not merely weighed.
 

Muggle127

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Our 2024 DS was 5 10 and 147 pounds when he took his DODMERB physical. But the examining Doctor had bad handwriting, so WP thought he was 5 10 at 197 pounds. He wrote back to explain the mistake (and pointed out to me that it would he a very bold lie if he really were 197). And since they knew he could run a 5:20 mile, I thought that might have been sufficient (or maybe they'd recruit him for the football team). But nevertheless, he got a letter requiring him to take the tape test before reporting on R-Day. It was a hassle, but basically a non-event once he showed he complied with the tape test. And it was a good introduction to Army paperwork SNAFUs. Maybe WP will ask your DS to do the same before reporting. Anyway, in my humble and non-military opinion, asking a fit 21 year old to lose 20 pounds of muscle in two months before R-Day is ridiculous, even by Army standards.
 

Eaglemurphy6

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DS is 5'9" 193 lbs which is overweight for his height. I'm hoping no issues on R-Day. I'm wondering if he should try to get down to 180 by R-Day? He is well built with very little body fat. he works out everyday and also runs 3 miles each morning. He did 12 pull-ups on his CFA and ran a 6:05 mile. He has BIG quads from years of ice hockey and he is really strong. Should he try to slim down or stay strong like he is? He is a 3rd time reapplicant so he is older than most incoming plebes, at 21 he is a man now. His brother was 6'2" 190 when at USMA so he had no issues.
Based on my experience, he will be way ahead of his peers for beast. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
 
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