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Air Force Height and Weight Requirements For 2019

Below is a handy chart on the height and weight requirements to join the United States Air Force, both for males and females:

Height (Inches)Max Weight (lbs)Min. Weight (lbs.)
5813191
5913694
6014197
61145100
62150104
63155107
64160110
65165114
66170117
67175121
68180125
69186128
70191132
71197136
72202140
73208144
74214148
75220152
76225156
77231160
78237164
79244168
80250173

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As you can see, the absolute tallest you can be in the Air Force is 80 inches, or 6′ 8″, and the shortest you can be is 4′ 10″.

Consequentially, on the weight side you can be a maximum of 250 lbs., and a minimum of 91 lbs.

With all this said, the Air Force requirements are contingent upon a weight range for your height.

For example, an average height male standing at 6′ 0″ can be as light as 140 lbs., or as heavy as 202 lbs.

You will also need to fall below a certain body mass index, or BMI.

You can determine your BMI using the chart below:

bmi chart - air force

If your BMI is higher than 25, you will be considered “overweight” or “obese”, and may need to lose some weight before joining the Air Force.

Keep in mind that these are the requirements for everyone joining the Air Force, whether you’re officer or enlisted.

The height and weight requirements are also exactly the same for both men and women.

Pilot Height And Weight Requirements

With that said, specific jobs in the Air Force have their own requirements.

For example, all pilot candidates must meet the following:

  • Must be no less than 64 inches short, and 77 inches tall when standing.
  • Must be 34 – 40 inches tall when sitting.
  • Must weight no less than 160 lbs. and no more than 231 lbs.

There are also specific height and weight requirements for specific air frames, which will be discussed at your pilot training.

Additionally, there are other health and vision requirements that pilot candidates must meet.

They include:

  • No history of hay fever, allergies, or asthma after the age of 12.
  • Normal color vision with near visual acuity of 20/30 without correction.
  • Distance visual acuity of no worse than 20/70 in each eye, correctable to 20/20.
  • Meet refraction, accommodation, and astigmatism requirements.

Before you visit your local recruiter, be sure you meet the minimum qualifications for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Related Links – References:

Air Force Age Limit For 2019

https://www.airforce.com/how-to-join/prepare-for-success/meet-requirements

https://carerrs.airforce.com/height-weight/

https://www.airforce.com/find-a-recruiter

 

Craig S.

Craig spent many years on active duty service in the Air Force stationed in such places as Okinawa, Japan and SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. While in the military, he spent time analyzing imagery from a variety of aircraft such as the SR-71. He was also one of the first enlisted members in the Air Force to experience working with near real time satellite imagery. Craig currently resides in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and runs his own business.
Craig S.

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