U.S. Army Weight Charts

Weight charts and body fat percentages for male and female soldiers

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The Army Body Composition Program (formerly the Weight Control Program - WCP) requires Army personnel to maintain a certain body weight and fat percentage. Having reasonable weight and fitness standards helps soldiers handle the demands of their work in the field and reduces injury rates during training cycles and deployments. 

Oftentimes body composition issues can affect the attitude and morale of the individual soldier and the unit to which he or she belongs.

Soldiers are weighed at least twice per year (usually in conjunction with the Army Physical Fitness Test, to ensure they meet Army standards for weight and fitness.

Exceeding Army Body Fat Standards

Soldiers who exceed the maximum weight shown on the charts below during an exam will be measured for body-fat content. If they exceed the Army's body fat standards, they'll be put on a weight management program, which provides guidance to lose weight at a healthy pace. 

Those who fail to make satisfactory progress while in the weight management program may be subject to involuntary discharge.

If you fall below the minimum weight shown in that column of the table, you will be referred by your commander for immediate medical evaluation. If possible, it's best to try to get into top physical shape before joining the Army or other branches of the U.S. military, making it easier to stay fit, rather than always trying to just meet the minimum standards.

The standards are different for and women.

Male Weight to Height Table - Screening Table Weight

Height (inches)Weight (pounds) Age  17-20Age 21-27Age 28-39Age 40+
5891----
5994----
6097132136139141
61100136140144146
62104141144148150
63107145149153155
64110150154158160
65114155159163165
66117160163168170
67121165169174176
68125170174179181
69128175179184186
70132180185189192
71136185189194197
72140190195200203
73144195200205208
74148201206211214
75152206212217220
76156212217223226
77160218223229232
78164223229235238
79168229235241244
80173234240247250
      

For heights over 80 inches, add six pounds per inch for males.

Army Maximum Body Fat Standards for Men

Age 17-20 = 20 percent
Age 21-27 = 22 percent
Age 28-39 = 24 percent
Age 40+ = 26 percent

Female Weight to Height Table - Screening Table Weight

Weight (pounds)Height (inches)Age 17-20Age 21-27Age 28-39Age 40 plus
5891119121122123
5994124125126128
6097128129131133
61100132134135137
62104136138140142
63107141143144146
64110145147149151
65114150152154156
66117155156158161
67121159161163166
68125164166168171
69128169171173176
70132174176178181
71136179181183186
72140184186188191
73144189191194197
74148194197199202
75152200202204208
76156205207210213
77160210213215219
78164216218221225
79168221224227230

For heights over 80 inches, add five pounds per inch for females.

Army Maximum Body Fat Standards for Women

Age 17-20 = 30 percent
Age 21-27 = 32 percent
Age 28-39 = 34 percent
Age 40+ = 36 percent

Staying Fit in the Army

Keeping within height and weight standards of the Army is mandatory for all active duty and reserve soldiers. For most Army jobs there's enough physical activity involved to ensure that a soldier's weight and body fat composition stays low, but for those assigned to desk duty, it's best to get into a regular physical regimen to avoid putting on extra unwanted pounds.

The Army does not allow individual soldiers to have poor body composition for a prolonged period of time, as it may cause disruption to his unit. 

For the individual soldier who is overweight, performance declines and the risk of developing work-related injury increases. They're also at higher risk of long-term disease. 

Graduate rates from are also tied to similar statistics also yielding a greater chance of injury and failure to complete training.