US Marine Corps Weight Standards
The Corps updated its metrics in 2017
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
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:
- Ages 17-25: 18 percent
- Ages 26-35: 19 percent
- Ages 36-45: 20 percent
- Ages 46 and above: 21 percent
- 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.