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Navy Female Body Fat Chart

Procedure for estimating Female Body Fat Percentage

In order to obtain the estimated body fat percentage for females that exceed the Navy's maximum weight, measurements must be taken at the neck, natural waist and the hips to determine if they can otherwise qualify via the body fat percentage standard. For females, a circumference value is obtained by measuring the neck, natural waist and hips, and then subtracting the neck measurement (in inches) from the natural waist PLUS hips measurement (in inches).

Navy Height Weight | Check MALE body fat

The measurement completed by the recruiter IS NOT an official measurement. The only measurement that counts for enlistment is the one that is completed during your visits to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Recruiters are strictly prohibited from taking measurements from those of the opposite sex.

Measuring for Body Fat Value

The neck measurement will be taken on bare skin, at the point just below the larynx and perpendicular to the long axis of the neck. Do not place the tape measure over the larynx. The person being measured must be looking straight ahead with shoulders down and relaxed. Stand up straight! Ensure the measuring tape is as close to horizontal as anatomically feasible (the tape line in the front of the neck should be at the same height as the tape line in the back of the neck). Round neck measurement up to the nearest ½ inch and record (for example, round 13¼ inches to 13½ inches).

The natural waist measurements will be taken on bare skin, at point of minimal abdominal circumference, usually located about halfway between the navel and the lower end of the breastbone (sternum) with the arms down to the sides. Take measurements at the end of a normal, relaxed exhalation. And as with the neck, ensure the person being measured is standing up straight and the tape is horizontal! Round abdominal measurement down to nearest ½ inch and record (For example, round 27¾ inches to 27½ inches).

The hip measurement is to be taken over shorts only. The shorts cannot be form-shaping like control-top pantyhose, spandex tights, and other "shaping" garments that may provide an untrue measurement. When measuring, the person doing the measuring should be facing the right side of the person being measured. Place the tape around the hips so that it passes over the greatest protrusion of the buttocks (gluteus muscles) as viewed from the side. Make sure the tape is level and parallel to ground. Apply sufficient tension on the tape to minimize effect of clothing. Round hip measurement down to nearest ½ inch and record (for example, round 44¼ inches to 44 inches).

Female Body Fat Percentage Estimation Chart

To use the women's table below, first locate the column which matches the height (rounded up to nearest half inch) and the appropriate row in the table which matches the circumference value from the resulting neck, natural waist and hip measurements (natural waist + hips - neck = circumference value). Round the circumference value down to nearest half inch.

Then follow applicable column down and row across until they intersect; this number represents the estimated percent of body fat.

For circumference values less than the value in table, body fat percentage is less than or equal to smallest body fat percentage in the column. For circumference values greater than value in table, body fat percentage is greater than or equal to largest body fat percentage in the column.

Navy female body fat estimation chart for 58 to 62.5 inches in height.
Circ
Value
Height (inches)
5858.55959.56060.56161.56262.5
44.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
4519<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
45.5202019<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
462120202019<19<19<19<19<19
46.52121212020201919<19<19
4722222221212020201919
47.523232222222121212020
4824232323222222212121
48.524242423232322222221
4925252424242323232222
49.526262525242424232323
5027262626252524242423
50.527272726262625252524
5128282727272626262525
51.529282828272727262626
5229292928282827272726
52.530302929292828282727
5331303030292929282828
53.531313130303029292928
5432323131313030302929
54.533323232313131303030
5533333332323231313130
55.534343333333232323131
5635343434333333323231
56.535353534343433333232
57>35>353535343434333333
57.5>35>35>3535353534343433
58>35>35>35>35>353535353434
58.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35353535
59>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>3535
59.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
60>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
60.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
61>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
61.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
62>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
62.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
Navy female body fat estimation chart for 63 to 67.5 inches in height.
Circ
Value
Height (inches)
6363.56464.56565.56666.56767.5
44.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
45<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
45.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
46<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
46.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
47<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
47.51919<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
4820202019<19<19<19<19<19<19
48.5212120202019<20 <19<19<19
49222121212020201919<19
49.522222221212120202019
5023232222222121212120
50.524232323232222222121
5125242424232323222222
51.525252524242423232322
5226262525252424242323
52.527262626252525242424
5327272726262625252524
53.528282727272626262525
5429282828272727262626
54.529292928282827272726
5530302929292828282727
55.531303030292929282828
5631313030303029292928
56.532313131303030292929
5732323231313130303029
57.533333232323131313030
5834333333323232313131
58.534343433333332323231
5935353434343333333232
59.535353534343433333333
60>35>353535353434343333
60.5>35>35>35>35353535343434
61>35>35>35>35>35>3535353534
61.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>353535
62>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>3535
62.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
Navy female body fat estimation chart for 68 to 72.5 inches in height.
Circ
Value
Height (inches)
6868.56969.57070.57171.57272.5
49<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
49.519<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
50202019<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
50.5212020201919<19<19<19<19
512121212020201919<19<19
51.522222121212020202019
5223222222212121212020
52.523232322222222212121
5324242323232222222221
53.525242424232323232222
5425252524242424232323
54.526262525252424242423
5527262626252525252424
55.527272726262625252525
5628282727272626262525
56.529282828272727262626
5729292928282827272726
57.530292929292828282727
5830303029292929282828
58.531313030302929292928
5932313131303030292929
59.532323231313130303029
6033323232323131313030
60.533333332323232313131
6134343333333232323231
61.535343434333333323232
6235353534343433333332
62.5>35353535343434343333
63>35>35>3535353534343434
63.5>35>35>35>35>353535353434
64>35>35>35>35>35>35>35353535
64.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>3535
65>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
65.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
66>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
66.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
67>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
67.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35
Navy female body fat estimation chart for 73 to 77.5 inches in height.
Circ
Value
Height (inches)
7373.57474.57575.57676.57777.5
49<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
49.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
50<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
50.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
51<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
51.5<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
52201919<19<19<19<19<19<19<19
52.52020201919<19<19<19<19<19
532121202020201919<19<19
53.522212121212020201919
5422222221212121202020
54.523232222222221212120
5524232323222222222121
55.524242423232323222222
5625252424242323232322
56.526252525242424242323
5726262625252524242424
57.527262626262525252524
5827272727262626252525
58.528282727272726262625
5929282828272727272626
59.529292928282827272727
6030302929292828282827
60.530303030292929282828
6131313030303029292928
61.532313131303030302929
6232323231313130303030
62.533323232323131313030
6333333332323232313131
63.534343333333232323231
6434343434333333323232
64.535353434343333333332
6535353535343434333333
65.5>35>353535353534343433
66>35>35>35>35353535353434
66.5>35>35>35>35>35>3535353535
67>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>353535
67.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35

Note: Use a tape measure made of non-stretchable material, preferably fiberglass. Do not use cloth or steel tape measures. The preferred tape is one that is self-retracting, with locking capability, which can accurately measure circumference in both 1/16" inch and millimeter increments. The tape measure width should be ¼ inch – 3/8 inch and calibrated (for example, compared with a yardstick or metal ruler). This is done by aligning the tape measure with the quarter inch markings on the ruler.

Information for this page has been gathered from "Guide 4, The Body Composition Assessment" booklet provided by the United States Navy for the Physical Readiness Program. The Navy method of gaining body fat percentages are subject to change without notice. Check with your local Navy Recruiter.

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