Height and Weight Standards for the United States Navy
Note: On January 1, 2016, the Navy will add a step to measuring Sailors for determining whether they meet standards. The change DOES NOT affect how a person is measured for body fat if that step is required, nor does it change the height and maximum weight standard listed below. For enlistment, everything on this page currently remains in effect.
For those required to attend Recruit Training Command (RTC), they must meet the weight according to their corresponding height requirement (see chart below); otherwise, the minimum body fat measurement must be met (Male 22% - Female 33%). For those who fail to meet the minimum weight and body fat requirement may still enter the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and ship to RTC provided their body fat content does not exceed 25% for males and 36% for females if found to be otherwise healthy.
Before attending boot-camp, it is recommended that you pass the Navy Physical Fitness Test (PRT) while in DEP prior to your ship-date. The responsibility of ensuring you're physically ready for the challenges of boot-camp falls on you.
If you report to RTC in excess of the new accession body fat standards, or if you fail the initial RTC Physical Fitness Assessment, you could be subject to an Entry Level Separation from the Navy and sent home. You must achieve retention body fat standards in order to graduate from RTC.
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Applicants not required to attend RTC who do not meet the Navy weight requirements for their height will be measured for body fat percentage. Male applicants measured at 22 percent body fat or less (23% for male applicants 40 years of age or older) may transfer to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Great Lakes regardless of their weight. Female applicants measured at 33 percent body fat or less (34% for female applicants 40 years of age or older) may transfer to TPU Great Lakes regardless of their weight.
Waivers: For applicants with a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 19, the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will determine if there are any underlying medical/psychiatric conditions through a more detailed history/medical record review. Underweight applicants down to 17.5 BMI may be qualified if there is no evidence of a medical or psychiatric disorder and they are physically active with a good appetite. Applicants below 17.5 BMI will be temporarily disqualified and a waiting period of 4 days for every 1-pound increment will be imposed.
Height waivers for applicants above 80 inches or below 57 inches are not authorized.
Height & Weight Chart
|Height (inches)||Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)||Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)|
All instruction and references that guide Navy fitness standards can be found in OPNAV Instruction 6110.1J - PHYSICAL READINESS PROGRAM
Date Page Modified: August 3, 2015.