US Marine Corps Weight Standards

The Corps updated its metrics in 2017

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The Marine Corps' weight and body fat standards are health and performance-based, and not based on appearance. Marines are considered not within these standards when their body weight and body fat exceed the maximum limits.

Each is weighed at least semi-annually (annually for Reserves)​ and is compared to the below chart.

How the Marine Corps Measures Height and Weight 

When measuring height, the Marine stands with his or her back against a wall, head facing forward and heels flat on the floor. Shoulders are back and arms hang relaxed at the sides. Height rounded to the nearest full inch.

Weight is measured on a calibrated scale, either digital or a balance beam scale. Marines are measured in their uniforms with no shoes (one pound is taken off the measured weight to account for the PT uniform only). Weight is rounded to the nearest full pound.

Body Composition Program in the Marine Corps

If a Marine's weight exceeds the regulation weight limits, he or she will be measured for body fat. Marines who exceed the body fat allowance are enrolled in the Body Composition Program—once known as the "Weight Control Program." If the Marine fails to lose the required weight and body fat required to meet standards while enrolled in the Body Composition Program, this may result in an involuntary discharge.

Marines who are over the weight on the chart but meet the body fat standard are considered to be within the required standards, and no further action is taken.

The following charts are updated as of 2017.

Marine Corps Weight Standards Charts

MALE
Height (in.) Maximum Weight (lbs.) Minimum Weight (lbs.)
56 122 85
57 127 88
58 131 91
59 136 94
60 141 97
61 145 100
62 150 104
63 155 107
64 160 110
65 165 114
66 170 117
67 175 121
68 180 125
69 186 128
70 191 132
71 197 136
72 202 140
73 208 144
74 214 148
75 220 152
76 225 156
77 231 160
78 237 164
79 244 168
80 250 173
81 256 177
82 263 182
FEMALE
Height (in.) Maximum Weight (lbs.) Minimum Weight (lbs.)
56 115 85
57 120 88
58 124 91
59 129 94
60 133 97
61 137 100
62 142 104
63 146 107
64 151 110
65 156 114
66 155 117
67 161 121
68 171 125
69 176 128
70 181 132
71 186 136
72 191 140
73 197 144
74 202 148
75 208 152
76 213 156
77 219 160
78 225 164
79 230 168
80 236 173
81 242 177
82 248 182

Note: No action is required for Marines who are below the minimum standards. Commanders may refer such Marines for a medical evaluation to determine if they are in good health.

Marine Body Fat Standards

The Marine Corps changed their body-fat standards, effective 2017. These new standards are as follows:

Male Marines are not to exceed 18 percent body, and female Marines may not exceed 26 percent body fat. These figures apply to and extend through their first few years of service.

As of 2017, Marines may have their body fat composition disregarded if they master the physical fitness test (PFT) and the combat fitness test (CFT).  The requirements are extremely challenging, however: A score of 285 or higher is required on both tests to be totally exempt from the body fat limits. 

A score of 250 or above allows an additional 1 percent of body fat per the guidelines. The maximum body fat percentages Marines at each age group can have are listed below:

Male Marines

  • Ages 17-25: 18 percent
  • Ages 26-35: 19 percent
  • Ages 36-45: 20 percent
  • Ages 46 and above: 21 percent

Female Marines

  • Ages 17-25: 26 percent
  • Ages 26-35: 27 percent
  • Ages 36-45: 28 percent
  • Ages 46 and above: 29 percent

While on the Body Composition program, if a Marine fails to lose the required weight/body fat to get within standards, he can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.