Air Force Height & Weight Standards

Air Force delayed enlistment recruits

Like other services, the Air Force has weight requirements for joining. The weight requirements are exactly the same for males and females. The Air Force does not offer a weight reduction program. If you're over the maximum, it is up to you to get your weight down.

Note: Your weight and body fat determinations, as accomplished at MEPS or other point of entry to service, remain part of accession physical standards and may also be used as entry criteria for accession training programs. The standard is a maximum body fat of 20% for males under 30, 24% for males over 30, 28% for females under 30, and 32% for females over 30.

Air Force height and weight requirements

Height (inches) Max Weight (lbs)
58 131
59 136
60 141
61 145
62 150
63 155
64 160
65 165
66 170
67 175
68 180
69 186
70 191
71 197
72 202
73 208
74 214
75 220
76 225
77 231
78 237
79 244
80 250


How to train for Air Force basic training

One way to drop some weight in preparation for Air Force basic training is to start training for the program's physical requirements while focusing on a healthy diet, says Stew Smith, a fitness expert. By eating healthy foods while increasing the amount you move, you might drop some weight without any extra measures.

As always, consider consulting a doctor before starting any new fitness regime.

Smith recommends starting a physical fitness training program at least six weeks before basic training, or more if you are trying to lose weight. He recommends training at least three to five times a week, while adding in plenty of stretching to keep yourself healthy and injury-free.

Follow Stew Smith's Air Force pre-boot camp workout here.

How strict is the Air Force on weight?

The Air Force is very strict on weight requirements for basic training. Once you're in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), it is your responsibility to stay under your maximum weight. If you are over the Air Force weight requirement you will not ship to basic training.

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