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U.S. Army Weight Requirements

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Below is the Army's weight minimum and maximum allowable for recruits to enlist. It is broken down by height and then further in to age groups.

Height will be measured in stocking feet on a flat surface with the chin parallel to the floor. The body should be straight but not rigid, similar to the position of attention. The measurement will be rounded to the nearest inch with the following guidelines: if the height fraction is less than 1/2 inch, round down. If the height fraction is 1/2 inch or greater, round up.

Weight will be measured and recorded to the nearest pound. Both height and weight will be officially taken at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).  It is very important to be over your minimum or under your maximum as not meeting either one will probably either stop you from enlisting or, even worse, prevent you from going to basic training.

WOMEN:

Height(inches) Weight by years of age for females  (lbs)
17-20yrs 21-27yrs 28-39yrs 40+yrs
58 Maximum 119 121 122 124
Minimum 91 91 91 91
59 Maximum 124 125 126 128
Minimum 94 94 94 94
60 Maximum 128 129 131 133
Minimum 97 97 97 97
61 Maximum 132 134 135 137
Minimum 100 100 100 100
62 Maximum 136 138 140 142
Minimum 104 104 104 104
63 Maximum 141 143 144 146
Minimum 107 107 107 107
64 Maximum 145 147 149 151
Minimum 110 110 110 110
65 Maximum 150 152 154 156
Minimum 114 114 114 114
66 Maximum 155 156 158 161
Minimum 117 117 117 117
67 Maximum 159 161 163 166
Minimum 121 121 121 121
68 Maximum 164 166 168 171
Minimum 125 125 125 125
69 Maximum 169 171 173 176
Minimum 128 128 128 128
70 Maximum 174 176 178 181
Minimum 132 132 132 132
71 Maximum 179 181 183 186
Minimum 136 136 136 136
72 Maximum 184 186 188 191
Minimum 140 140 140 140
73 Maximum 189 191 194 197
Minimum 144 144 144 144
74 Maximum 194 197 199 202
Minimum 148 148 148 148
75 Maximum 200 202 204 208
Minimum 152 152 152 152
76 Maximum 205 207 210 213
Minimum 156 156 156 156
77 Maximum 210 213 215 219
Minimum 160 160 160 160
78 Maximum 216 218 221 225
Minimum 164 164 164 164
79 Maximum 221 224 227 230
Minimum 168 168 168 168
80 Maximum 227 230 233 236
Minimum 173 173 173 173
 

MEN:

Height (inches)   Weight by years of age for males (lbs)
17-20yrs 21-27yrs 28-39yrs 40+yrs
58 Maximum - - - -
Minimum 91 - - -
59 Maximum - - - -
Minimum 94 - - -
60 Maximum 132 136 139 141
Minimum 97 97 97 97
61 Maximum 136 140 144 146
Minimum 100 100 100 100
62 Maximum 141 144 148 150
Minimum 104 104 104 104
63 Maximum 145 149 153 155
Minimum 107 107 107 107
64 Maximum 150 154 158 160
Minimum 110 110 110 110
65 Maximum 155 159 163 165
Minimum 114 114 114 114
66 Maximum 160 163 168 170
Minimum 117 117 117 117
67 Maximum 165 169 174 176
Minimum 121 121 121 121
68 Maximum 170 174 179 181
Minimum 125 125 125 125
69 Maximum 175 179 184 188
Minimum 128 128 128 128
70 Maximum 180 185 189 192
Minimum 132 132 132 132
71 Maximum 185 189 194 197
Minimum 136 136 136 136
72 Maximum 190 195 200 203
Minimum 140 140 140 140
73 Maximum 195 200 205 208
Minimum 144 144 144 144
74 Maximum 201 206 211 214
Minimum 148 148 148 148
75 Maximum 206 212 217 220
Minimum 152 152 152 152
76 Maximum 212 217 223 226
Minimum 156 156 156 156
77 Maximum 218 223 229 232
Minimum 160 160 160 160
78 Maximum 223 229 235 238
Minimum 164 164 164 164
79 Maximum 229 235 241 244
Minimum 168 168 168 168
80 Maximum 234 240 247 250
Minimum 173 173 173 173
 

Maximum Body Fat Percentages:

  Female Age Groups
Age 17-20 21-27 28-39 40+
Body Fat % 30% 32% 34% 36%
  Male Age Groups
Age 17-20 21-27 28-39 40+
Body Fat % 20% 22% 24% 26%