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The Army Weight Control Program (AWCP)

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The Army’s Weight Control Program ensures every soldier is healthy, physically fit, and combat ready. The program requires you to meet specific weight standards, which are based on their height, weight, and gender.  

Under the AWCP you will be required to weigh-in at least once every six months.  This may be done at the same time as your Army Physical Fitness Test. In most cases, failure to pass the Army’s minimum weight or body fat percentage standards will directly make you ineligible for promotion, transfer, reenlistment or opportunities to attend professional schools.   (see charts at bottom of page)

If you do not meet the initial height/weight requirements, the Army uses a calculation based on your abdominal and neck measurements to determine your body fat percentage. The following is chart shows the maximum allowable body fat percentage:

Age Group

Gender

Body Fat

17 - 20

Male

20%

Female

30%

21 - 27

Male

22%

Female

32%

28-39

Male

24%

Female

34%

40 & Older

Male

26%

Female

36%

 If you exceed the Army’s body fat percentage requirements you will receive an official letter stating that you will be placed on a weight-monitoring program.  The program will require you to loose a specified number of pounds per month.  You will also receive personal counseling to help you develop a fitness and nutrition routine to help you reach your weight loss goals. 

Loosing weight requires commitment to a healthy diet and a regular workout routine.  To learn more about loosing unwanted pounds, check out Stew Smith’s article titled  “Get Ready for the Tape Test.”

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Male Weight Chart

HEIGHT IN
INCHES

AGE
17 - 20

AGE
21 - 27

AGE
28 - 39

AGE
40 +

58

 

 

 

 

59

 

 

 

 

60

132

136

139

141

61

136

140

144

146

62

141

144

148

150

63

145

149

153

155

64

150

154

158

160

65

155

159

163

165

66

160

163

168

170

67

165

169

174

178

68

170

174

179

181

69

175

179

184

186

70

180

185

189

192

71

185

189

194

197

72

190

195

200

203

73

195

200

205

208

74

201

206

211

214

75

206

212

217

220

76

212

217

223

226

77

218

223

229

232

78

223

229

235

238

79

229

235

241

244

80

234

240

247

250

Notes:

1. The height will be measured in stocking feet (without shoes), standing 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:

a. If the height fraction is less than 1/2 inch, round down to the nearest whole number in inches.

b. If the height fraction is 1/2 inch or greater, round up to the next highest whole number in inches.

2. The weight should be measured and recorded to the nearest pound within the following guidelines:

a. If the weight fraction is less than 1/2 pound, round down to the nearest pound.

b. If the weight fraction is 1/2 pound or greater, round up to the nearest pound.

3. All measurement will be in a standard PT uniform (gym shorts and T-shirt, without shoes).

4. If the circumstances preclude weighing soldiers during the APFT, they should be weighed within 30 days of the APFT.

5. Add 6 pounds per inch for males over 80 inches and 5 pounds for females for each inch over 80 inches.

Female Weight Chart

HEIGHT
IN
INCHES

AGE
17 - 20

AGE
21 - 27

AGE
28 - 39

AGE
40 +

58

109

112

115

119

59

113

116

119

123

60

116

120

123

127

61

120

124

127

131

62

125

129

132

137

63

129

133

137

141

64

133

137

141

145

65

137

141

145

149

66

141

148

150

154

67

145

149

154

159

68

150

154

159

164

69

154

158

163

168

70

159

163

168

173

71

163

167

172

177

72

167

172

177

183

73

172

177

182

188

74

178

183

189

194

75

183

188

194

200

76

189

194

200

206

77

193

199

205

211

78

198

204

210

216

79

203

209

215

222

80

208

214

220

227

Notes:

1. The height will be measured in stocking feet (without shoes), standing 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:

a. If the height fraction is less than 1/2 inch, round down to the nearest whole number in inches.

b. If the height fraction is 1/2 inch or greater, round up to the next highest whole number in inches.

2. The weight should be measured and recorded to the nearest pound within the following guidelines:

a. If the weight fraction is less than 1/2 pound, round down to the nearest pound.

b. If the weight fraction is 1/2 pound or greater, round up to the nearest pound.

3. All measurement will be in a standard PT uniform (gym shorts and T-shirt, without shoes).

4. If the circumstances preclude weighing soldiers during the APFT, they should be weighed within 30 days of the APFT.

5. Add 6 pounds per inch for males over 80 inches and 5 pounds for females for each inch over 80 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the StewSmith.com Fitness eBook store and the
 
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