US Marine Corps (USMC) Weight Standards (2017)
Marine Corps New Height Weight Standards
It is every Marine’s responsibility to meet and maintain personal weight that conforms to the Marine Corps' body composition standards. If a Marine's weight falls outside of the standards, a program must be undertaken that will bring the Marine back into physical weight standards.
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.
What USMC Weight Standards Mean
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), and each Marine's weight is compared to the below chart.
How Height and Weight Are Measured
When measuring height, the Marine stands with his or her back against a wall, head facing forward and heels flat on the floor. Shoulders are back and arms hang relaxed at the sides. Height is measured to the nearest inch. For example, if the Marine's height is measured as 5 feet and 8¾ inches, then the height is rounded to 5 feet 9 inches.
Weight is measured on a calibrated scale, either digital or a balance beam scale. The Marine is measured in their PT uniform with no shoes (one pound is taken off the measured weight to account for the PT uniform only).
Weight is measured to the nearest pound. For example, if the Marine's weight is measured as 165 and ¾ pounds (165.75 lbs.), then the weight will be rounded up to 166 pounds.
Body Composition Program
If the Marine's weight exceeds the allowable weight on the chart, they will be measured for body fat. If they exceed the body fat allowance, then the Marine is enrolled in the Body Composition Program—once known as the "Weight Control Program." If the Marine fails to lose the required weight and body fat required to meet standards while enrolled in the Body Composition Program, they can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.
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 following charts have been altered in various weights in 2017 as well adding height and weights for 56 and 57 inch tall Marines as well as 81 and 82 inches tall.
Marine Corps Weight Standards Charts
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 Body Fat Standards
The Marine Corps changed their body-fat standards, effective 2017. These new standards are as follows:
The Maximum Body Fat Standards for Marines are not to exceed 18 percent for males and not to exceed 26 percent for females for entry level Marine Recruits throughout their first few years of service.
As of 2017, Marines are now offered the opportunity to disregard their body fat composition IF they master the PFT and CFT. However, it comes with a price. Marines must score 285 and higher on both the PFT and CFT to become exempt from weight and body fat limits. Marines also must score 250 and higher on both the PFT and CFT to be allowed an additional 1 percent body fat.
In 2017, the age groups have changed. The groups are now broken up into 4-5 year groups however back to back year groups require the same body fat percentages. The maximum body fat percentages Marines at each age group can have are listed below:
AGE 17-20: 18%
AGE 21-25: 18%
AGE 26-30: 19%
AGE 31-35: 19%
AGE 36-40: 20%
AGE 41-45: 20%
AGE 46-50: 21%
AGE 51+: 21
AGE 17-20: 26%
AGE 21-25: 26%
AGE 26-30: 27%
AGE 31-35: 27%
AGE 36-40: 28%
AGE 41-45: 28%
AGE 46-50: 29%
AGE 51+: 29
Note: While on the Body Composition program, if a Marine fails to lose the required weight/body fat to get within standards, they can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.