Height and Weight Standards for the United States Navy
All officer and enlisted non-prior service and prior service applicants for the Reserve and Active Duty components of the United States Navy must meet the weight according to their corresponding height to be eligible for commissioning, enlistment, or affiliation (see chart below). If unable to meet the height and weight per the chart, then an abdominal circumference measurement must be taken.
To qualify based on the abdominal circumference measurement (ACM), it must be equal to or less than the maximum allowed (39 inches for a male or 35.5 inches for a female); For both men and women, the ACM will be taken on bare skin, starting immediately above the upper most hip bone vertically in-line with the right arm pit. Work the tape around the body parallel with the floor. Take the measurement with the arms down to the sides at the end of a normal, relaxed exhalation.
If one fails to meet the abdominal circumference measurement, the minimum body fat measurement must be met (Male 26% - Female 36%). For the procedure on how to properly measure body fat, proceed to the appropriate body fat page:
Minimum Body Mass Index Standard
|Navy BMI Calculator|
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.
Before attending boot-camp, it is recommended that you pass the Navy Physical Fitness Test (PRT) while in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) prior to your ship-date. The responsibility of ensuring you're physically ready for the challenges of boot-camp falls on you.
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
Written by NCCM Thomas Goering USN (RET).