US Marine Corps Weight Standards

The Corps updated its metrics in 2017

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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 the Marine Corps Measures Height and Weight 

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. Marines are measured in their PT uniforms with no shoes (one pound is taken off the measured weight to account for the PT uniform only). Weight is rounded to the nearest full pound.

Body Composition Program in the Marine Corps

If a Marine's weight exceeds the regulation weight limits, he or she will be measured for body fat. Marines who exceed the body fat allowance are 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, this may result in an involuntary discharge.

Marines who are over the weight on the chart but meet the body fat standard are considered to be within the required standards, and no further action is taken.

The following charts are updated as of 2017.

Marine Corps Weight Standards Charts

MALE
Height (in.)Maximum Weight (lbs.)Minimum Weight (lbs.)
5612285
5712788
5813191
5913694
6014197
61145100
62150104
63155107
64160110
65165114
66170117
67175121
68180125
69186128
70191132
71197136
72202140
73208144
74214148
75220152
76225156
77231160
78237164
79244168
80250173
81256177
82263182
     
FEMALE
Height (in.)Maximum Weight (lbs.)Minimum Weight (lbs.)
5611585
5712088
5812491
5912994
6013397
61137100
62142104
63146107
64151110
65156114
66155117
67161121
68171125
69176128
70181132
71186136
72191140
73197144
74202148
75208152
76213156
77219160
78225164
79230168
80236173
81242177
82248182

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:

Male Marines are not to exceed 18 percent body, and female Marines may not exceed 26 percent body fat. These figures apply to entry-level Marine recruits and extend through their first few years of service.

As of 2017, Marines may have their body fat composition disregarded if they master the physical fitness test (PFT) and the combat fitness test (CFT).  The requirements are extremely challenging, however: a score of 285 or higher is required on both tests to be totally exempt from the body fat limits. 

A score of 250 or above allows an additional 1 percent of body fat per the guidelines. The maximum body fat percentages Marines at each age group can have are listed below:

Male Marines

  • Ages 17-25: 18 percent
  • Ages 26-35: 19 percent
  • Ages 36-45: 20 percent
  • Ages 46 and above: 21 percent

Female Marines

  • Ages 17-25: 26 percent
  • Ages 26-35: 27 percent
  • Ages 36-45: 28 percent
  • Ages 46 and above: 29 percent

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.