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Marine Corps Body Composition Program: Marine Corps Body Weight and Body Fat Standards

All Marines are required to maintain their weight/body fat in accordance with Marine Corps standards. Marines who weigh more than allowed on the charts linked below must undergo a body-fat measurement. Those who are over the Marine Corps body-fat standards are enrolled in the Marine Corps Body Composition Program – formerlly known as the “Weight Control Program.”

It is every Marine’s responsibility to maintain the Marine Corps’ body composition standards, or if not in adherence with standards, to take appropriate action to return to them in a timely manner. Marines on light or limited duty, whose medical condition precludes them from participating in specific activities, will be expected to participate in conditioning alternatives and dietary adjustments, in order to maintain these standards.

The Marine Corps’ weight and body fat standards are health and performance based, and not based on appearance. Marines are considered not within these standards when their body weight and body fat exceed the maximum limits. Each Marine is weighed, at least semi-annually (annually for Reserves). The Marine is weighed, and the weight compared to the below chart. Only if the Marine exceeds the allowable weight on the chart, they are measured for body-fat. If they exceed the body-fat allowance, then the Marine is enrolled in the Body Composition Program – formerlly known as the “Weight Control Program.” If the Marine is over the weight on the chart, but meets the body-fat standard, they are considered to be within the required standards, and no further action is taken.

The Marine Corps changed their body-fat standards, effective August 11, 2008: The new standards are:

MALE Marine Body-Fat Standards
AGE 17-26: 18%
AGE 27-39: 19%
AGE 40-45: 20%
AGE 46+ :21%

Female Marine Body-Fat Standards
AGE 17-26: 26%
AGE 27-39: 27%
AGE 40-45: 28%
AGE 46+: 29%

If the Marine fails to lose the required weight/body fat while enrolled in the Body Composition Program, they can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

Note: No action is required for Marines who are below the Minimum Standards. Commanders may refer such Marines for a medical evaluation to determine if they are in good health. 

Marine Corps Weight Chart for Male Marines

Height

Maximum Weight

Minimum Weight

58

132

91

59

136

94

60

141

97

61

146

100

62

150

104

63

155

107

64

160

110

65

165

114

66

170

117

67

176

121

68

181

125

69

186

128

70

192

132

71

197

136

72

203

140

73

208

144

74

214

148

75

220

152

76

226

156

77

232

160

78

238

164

79

244

168

80

250

173

 Marine Corps Weight Chart for Female Marines

Height

Maximum Weight

Minimum Weight

58

120

91

59

124

94

60

128

97

61

132

100

62

137

104

63

141

107

64

146

110

65

150

114

66

155

117

67

160

121

68

164

125

69

169

128

70

174

132

71

179

136

72

184

140

73

189

144

74

195

148

75

200

152

76

205

156

77

211

160

78

216

164

79

222

168

80

228

173

 

 This should answer the questions:

What is the max weight for a Marine X inches tall?
What is the body fat standard for a Marine X years old?
Is the Marine body fat standard based on health or appearance?
Who’s responsibility is it to maintain the Marine Corps’ body composition standards?

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