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Marine Corps Height And Weight Standards

To get recruited to the Marine Corps, recruits must meet a set of fitness standards and enlisted Marines must always be physically fit throughout their time as Marines. The Marine Corps updated their fitness requirements in 2017, which include combat fitness tests, physical fitness tests, and body fat standards.

The weight and body fat standards for Marine Corps is based on performance and health, and not on appearance. To qualify to join the Marines, you should not exceed the maximum limits set for body weight and body fat.

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For enlisted Marines in active duty, they are weighed semi-annually while Reserves are weighed annually. These weights are compared to the set Marine standards in the below chart.

How Are Height and Weight Measured For the Marine Corps?

To measure height, a Marine must stand with his/her back against a wall with their heels flat on the floor and their head facing forward. Arms should hang relaxed at the sides and shoulders should lean backward. Height is rounded to the nearest full inch.

Weight is taken on a calibrated scale, either a balanced bean or digital scale. For Marines already in the service, their weight is taken when in their PT uniforms with no shoes. This means that a pound is deducted from the measured weight to account for the uniform. Again, weight is rounded off to the nearest full pound.

What Happens When You Exceed Marines Weight Standard?

If a Marine has exceeded the maximum limit for weight requirement, he/she will undergo body fat tests. All Marines who exceed the required body fat allowed are enrolled in the Body Composition Program, formerly known as Weight Control Program. If even after joining the Body Composition Program a Marine fails to meet the maximum weight limit, he/she may be involuntarily discharged.

Please note that Marines who exceed the weight standards but meet the body fat requirements are considered fit for the service; they should not enroll in the Body Composition Program. These changes were made because the Marines realized they were locking out fit people who had added bulk in the form of muscles as a result of vigorous exercises.

Also, it is important to point out that Marines who are below the standard weight and body standards are considered fit for the Marines. However, Commanders may refer them for a thorough medical evaluation to rule out any health or psychological factor that might be resulting in them being underweight.

Here is a chart for height and weight standards for the Marines

Marine Corps Weight Standards Charts

Male

Height (inches)Minimum Weight (in lbs.)Maximum Weight (in lbs.)
5685122
5788127
5891131
5994136
6097141
61100145
62104150
63107155
64110160
65114165
66117170
67121175
68125180
69128186
70132191
71136197
72140202
73144208
74148214
75152220
76156225
77160231
78164237
79168244
80173250

Source: Marines.mil

Female

Height (in inches)Minimum Weight (in lbs.)Maximum Weight (in lbs.)
5685115
5788120
5891124
5994129
6097133
61100137
62104142
63107146
64110151
65114156
66117155
67121161
68125171
69128176
70132181
71136181
72140191
73144197
74148202
75152208
76156213
77160219
78164225
79168230
80173236

Source: Marines.mil

Body Fat Standards for Marines

As per the recent updates, effective from 2017:

Male Marines should not exceed 18% body fat while female Marines should not exceed 26 percent body fat. These standards apply to first-time recruits to the Marine and extend through their first few years of service.

Marines may avoid body fat screening tests if they meet the set scores for a physical fitness test and combat fitness test. These tests are extremely challenging, and Marines must get a score of 285 or higher on both tests to be exempted from the body fat screening tests. For those who get a score of more than 250, they are given an allowance of 1 percent for their body fat as per the guidelines.

Here are the maximum body fat percentages for Marines at each age group:

Age GroupBody Fat % - MenBody Fat % - Women
17 - 2018%26%
21 - 2518%26%
26 - 3019%27%
31 - 3519%27%
36 - 4020%28%
41 - 4520%28%
46 - 5021%29%
51+21%29%

Source: Fitness.Marines

Waivers for Body Fat Requirements

The waivers for the body fat requirements are not extended to first general officer in the Marine’s chain of command.

In the past, such waivers were only reserved for the deputy commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Bottom Line

All Marines should maintain the set height and weight standards throughout their stay in the service. This is to ensure they are physically ready for any operation they get called upon.

Marines who exceed the maximum weight limit or body fat composition must enroll in the Marine Corps’ Body Composition Program to help them trim down their weight.

Marine Corps Height And Weight Standards
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Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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