United States Military Body Fat Standards

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no maximum "weight" to join or stay in the military. "Weight" is not the standard, Body-Fat percentage is.

However, it takes more time to measure body-fat than it does to weigh a member. Therefore, each of the services has weight charts that they use to "screen" members. If a military member weighs more than the allowed weight on the chart, they are measured for body-fat percentage.

Body-fat standards are used to determine initial qualification for enlistment/accession and also to determine whether or not a member continues to meet required standards after joining. Military members are periodically weighed (and measured, if necessary) throughout their career. Those found to be over their body-fat limits are entered into a mandatory weight loss program. Those who fail to maintain required body-fat standards are subject to administrative sanctions which can include reprimands, denial of promotions, administrative demotion in rank, and even administrative discharge. (Exception: The Air Force no longer uses weight/body fat measurements, except for initial entry. Instead, a "Body Composition" measurement is an integrated component of the Air Force Physical Fitness Test).

Individuals who exceed the maximum weights are measured for a body-fat percentage.

Body-Fat Procedures

The Department of Defense formula to compute body-fat percentage is somewhat complicated.

For males, the formula is % body fat = 86.010 x log10(abdomen - neck) - 70.041 x log10(height) + 36.76, and for females, the formula is % body fat = 163.205 x log10(waist + hip - neck) - 97.684 x log10(height) - 78.387.

However, you don't have to worry about that, as DOD has prepared charts, based on the above formula, that one can use to look up their body-fat percentage, after taking the proper measurements.

Measurements (Male)

  • Abdomen: Measure abdominal circumference against the skin at the navel (belly button), level and parallel to the floor. Arms are at the sides. Record the measurement at the end of a member's normal, relaxed exhalation. Round abdominal measurement down to the nearest ½ inch.
  • Neck: Measure the neck circumference at a point just below the larynx (Adam's Apple) and perpendicular to the long axis of the neck. Do not place the tape measure over the Adam's Apple. The service member should look straight ahead during measurement, with shoulders down (not hunched). The tape will be as close to horizontal as anatomically feasible (the tape line in the front of the neck should be at the same height as the tape line in the back of the neck). Care should be taken so as not to involve the shoulder/neck muscles (trapezius) in the measurement. Round neck measurement up to the nearest ½ inch.
    Subtract the neck measurement from the abdomen measurement, then look up the results on the body fat charts found on page 4 of this article.

Measurements (Female)

  • Neck: Measure neck circumference at a point just below the larynx (Adam's Apple) and perpendicular to the long axis of the neck. The Service member should look straight ahead during measurement, with shoulders down (not hunched). Round the neck measurement up to nearest ½ inch.
  • Waist: Measure the natural waist circumference, against the skin, at the point of the minimal abdominal circumference, usually located about halfway between the navel and the lower end of the sternum (breastbone). When you cannot easily see this site, take several measurements at probable sites and use the smallest value. Be sure that the tape is level and parallel to the floor. The Service member's arms must be at the sides. Take measurements at the end of member's normal relaxed exhalation. Round the natural waist measurement down to the nearest ½ inch.
  • Hip: Measure the hip circumference while facing the Service member's right side by placing the tape around the hips so that it passes over the greatest protrusion of the gluteal muscles (buttocks) as viewed from the side. Make sure the tape is level and parallel to the floor. Apply sufficient tension on the tape to minimize the effect of clothing. Round the hip measurement down to the nearest ½ inch.
    Add the waist and hip measurements together, then subtract the neck measurements. Look up the results on the charts found on page 5 of this article.

    Army (new recruits)

    ARMY HEIGHT/WEIGHT CHART - MALES
    Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
    5891    
    5994    
    6097132136139141
    61100136140144146
    62104141144148150
    63107145149153155
    64110150154158160
    65114155159163165
    66117160163168170
    67121165169174178
    68125170174179181
    69128175179184186
    70132180185189192
    71136185189194197
    72140190195200203
    73144195200205208
    74148201206211214
    75152206212217220
    76156212217223226
    77160218223229232
    78164223229235238
    79168229235241244
    80173234240247250
    ARMY HEIGHT/WEIGHT CHART - FEMALES
    Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
    5891119121122123
    5994124125126128
    6097128129131133
    61100132134135137
    62104136138140142
    63107141143144146
    64110145147149151
    65114150152154156
    66117155156158161
    67121159161163166
    68125164166168171
    69128169171173176
    70132174176178181
    71136179181183186
    72140184186188191
    73144189191194197
    74148194197199202
    75152200202204208
    76156205207210213
    77160210213215219
    78164216218221225
    79168221224227230
    80173227230233236
     

    Air Force

    AIR FORCE WEIGHT CHARTS - MALE AND FEMALE
    Height (inches)Max Weight (lbs)
    58131
    59136
    60141
    61145
    62150
    63155
    64160
    65165
    66170
    67175
    68180
    69186
    70191
    71197
    72202
    73208
    74214
    75220
    76225
    77231
    78237
    79244
    80250

      Navy

      NAVY WEIGHT CHARTS - MALE
      Height (inches)Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)
      57127
      58131
      59136
      60141
      61145
      62150
      63155
      64160
      65165
      66170
      67175
      68181
      69186
      70191
      71196
      72201
      73206
      74211
      75216
      76221
      77226
      78231
      79236
      80241
      NAVY WEIGHT CHARTS - FEMALE
      Height (inches)Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)
      57127
      58131
      59136
      60141
      61145
      62149
      63152
      64156
      65160
      66163
      67167
      68170
      69174
      70177
      71181
      72185
      73189
      74194
      75200
      76205
      77211
      78216
      79222
      80227

      Marine Corps - New Recruits ONLY

      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS -  MALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5896148153
      5998153158
      60100158163
      61102163168
      62103168174
      63104174180
      64105179186
      65106185191
      66107191197
      67111197203
      68115203209
      69119209215
      70123215222
      71127221228
      72131227234
      73135233241
      74139240248
      75143246254
      76147253261
      77151260268
      78153267275
      79157274282
      80160281288
      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS - FEMALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5891120123
      5994124127
      6097128131
      61100132135
      62104137140
      63107141144
      64110146149
      65114150153
      66117155157
      67121160163
      68125164167
      69128169173
      70132174177
      71136179181
      72140184187
      73144189192
      74148195197
      75152200203
      76156205208
      77160211214
      78164216219
      79168222225
      80173228231

      Marine Corps - After Entry

      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS - MALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5891120123
      5994124127
      6097128131
      61100132135
      62104137140
      63107141144
      64110146149
      65114150153
      66117155157
      67121160163
      68125164167
      69128169173
      70132174177
      71136179181
      72140184187
      73144189192
      74148195197
      75152200203
      76156205208
      77160211214
      78164216219
      79168222225
      80173228231
      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS - FEMALE
      Height (Inches)Maximum Standard (Pounds)Minimum Standard (Pounds)
      5812091
      5912494
      6012897
      61132100
      62137104
      63141107
      64146110
      65150114
      66155117
      67160121
      68164125
      69169128
      70174132
      71179136
      72184140
      73189144
      74195148
      75200152
      76205156
      77211160
      78216164
      79222168
      8022817

      Body Fat Measurements for each of the Services

      Body-Fat limits for each of the services are:

      Army (New Recruit Standards)

      Male 17-20 - 24%
      Male 21-27 - 26%
      Male 28-39 - 28%
      Male 40+ - 30%
      Female 17-20 - 30%
      Female 21-27 - 32%
      Female 28-39 - 34%
      Female 40 + - 36%

      Army (Standards After Boot Camp)

      Male 17-20 - 20%
      Male 21-27 - 22%
      Male 28-39 - 24%
      Male 40+ - 26%
      Female 17-20 - 28%
      Female 21-27 - 30%
      Female 28-39 - 32%
      Female 40+ - 34%

      Air Force (New Recruit Standards)

      Male 17-29 - 20%
      Male 30 + - 24%
      Female 17-29 - 28%
      Female 30 + - 32%

      Air Force (Standards After Boot Camp)

      Note: The Air Force no longer measures body fat after basic training. Instead, "Body Composition" is an integrated part of the overall Air Force Fitness Test.

      BODY FAT CHARTS FOR MALES

      The below tables are derived from DoD Instruction 1308.3, DoD Physical Fitness and Body Fat Programs Procedures.

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 60.0 and 64.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       60.060.561.061.562.062.563.063.564.064.5
      13.599        
      14.011111010101099  
      14.512121211111111101010
      15.013131313121212121111
      15.515151515151313131312
      16.016161515151514141414
      16.517171616161615151515
      17.018181817171717161616
      17.519191918181818171717
      18.020202019191919181818
      18.521212120202020191919
      19.022222221212121202020
      19.523232322222222212121
      20.024242423232323222222
      20.525252524242424232323
      21.026262625252525242424
      21.527272726262626252525
      22.028272727272626262625
      22.529282828282727272726
      23.029292929282828282727
      23.530303029292929282828
      24.031313030303029292929
      24.532313131303030303029
      25.032323232313131313030
      25.533333332323232313131
      26.034343333333332323232
      26.535343434343333333332
      27.035353535343434343333
      27.536363635353535343434
      28.037363636363535353534
      28.5  3737363636363535
      29.0    373737363636
      29.5       373736

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 58.0 and 62.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       58.058.559.059.560.060.561.061.562.062.5
      45.019         
      45.5202019       
      46.02120202019     
      46.52121212020201919  
      47.022222221212020201919
      47.523232222222121212020
      48.024232323222222212121
      48.524242423232322222221
      49.025252424242323232222
      49.526262525242424232323
      50.027262626252524242423
      50.527272726262625252524
      51.028282727272626262525
      51.529282828272727262626
      52.029292928282827272726
      52.530302929292828282727
      53.031303030292929282828
      53.531313130303029292928
      54.032323131313030302929
      54.533323232313131303030
      55.033333332323231313130
      55.534343333333232323131
      56.035343434333333323231
      56.535353534343433333232
      57.036363535343434333333
      57.537363635353534343433
      58.037373636363535353434
      58.538373737363636353535
      59.038383837373736363635
      59.539393838383737363636
      60.040393938383837373736
      60.540403939393838383737
      61.041404040393939383838
      61.541414140404039393838
      62.042424141404040393939
      62.542424241414140404039
      63.043434242424141414040
      63.544434342424241414140
      64.044444343434242424141
      64.545444444434343424242
      65.045454544444343434242
      65.546454545444444434343
      66.046464645454544444343
      66.547464646454545444444
      67.0  4746464645454544
      67.5   47464646454545
      68.0    474746464645
      68.5      47464646
      69.0       474746
      69.5         47
       

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 65.0 and 69.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       65.065.566.066.567.067.568.068.569.069.5
      14.51099       
      15.01111101010101099 
      15.512121211111111111010
      16.013131313121212121211
      16.514141414141313131312
      17.016151515151414141414
      17.517161616161615151515
      18.018181717171716161616
      18.519191818181817171717
      19.020201919191918181818
      19.521212020202019191919
      20.022212121212120202020
      20.523222222222121212121
      21.024232323232222222221
      21.524242424232323232322
      22.025252525242424242323
      22.526262625252525242424
      23.027272626262626252525
      23.528272727272726262626
      24.028282828282727272726
      24.529292929282828282727
      25.030303029292929282828
      25.531313030303029292929
      26.031313131313030303029
      26.532323232313131313030
      27.033333232323232313131
      27.534333333333232323232
      28.0 34343434333333333232
      28.535353434343434333333
      29.0 36363636353535353434
      29.5 36363636353535353434
      30.037373636363635353535
      30.5  3737373636363635
      31.0     3737363636
      31.5        3737

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 70.0 and 74.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       70.070.571.071.572.072.573.073.574.074.5
      15.510110999     
      16.0111111101010101099
      16.512121212111111111110
      17.013131313131212121211
      17.514141414141313131313
      18.015151515151414141414
      18.517161616161515151515
      19.018171717171616161616
      19.518181818181717171717
      20.019191919191818181818
      20.520202020191919191918
      21.021212121202020202019
      21.522222221212121212020
      22.023232322222222222121
      22.524242323232323222222
      23.025242424242423232323
      23.525252525252424242424
      24.026262626252525252524
      24.527272726262626262525
      25.028282727272726262626
      25.529282828282727272727
      26.029292929282828282827
      26.530303029292929282828
      27.031303030303029292929
      27.531313131303030303029
      28.032323231313131313030
      28.533323232323231313131
      29.033333333323232323231
      29.534343433333333323232
      30.035343434343433333333
      30.535353535343434343433
      31.036363535353535343434
      31.536363636363535353535
      32.037373736363636363535
      32.5   37373636363636
      33.0      37373636
      33.5         37

      Body Fat Charts for Females

      The below tables are derived from DoD Instruction 1308.3, DoD Physical Fitness and Body Fat Programs Procedures.

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 58.0 and 62.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       58.058.559.059.560.060.561.061.562.062.5
      45.019         
      45.5202019       
      46.02120202019     
      46.52121212020201919  
      47.022222221212020201919
      47.523232222222121212020
      48.024232323222222212121
      48.524242423232322222221
      49.025252424242323232222
      49.526262525242424232323
      50.027262626252524242423
      50.527272726262625252524
      51.028282727272626262525
      51.529282828272727262626
      52.029292928282827272726
      52.530302929292828282727
      53.031303030292929282828
      53.531313130303029292928
      54.032323131313030302929
      54.533323232313131303030
      55.033333332323231313130
      55.534343333333232323131
      56.035343434333333323231
      56.535353534343433333232
      57.036363535343434333333
      57.537363635353534343433
      58.037373636363535353434
      58.538373737363636353535
      59.038383837373736363635
      59.539393838383737363636
      60.040393938383837373736
      60.540403939393838383737
      61.041404040393939383838
      61.541414140404039393838
      62.042424141404040393939
      62.542424241414140404039
      63.043434242424141414040
      63.544434342424241414140
      64.044444343434242424141
      64.545444444434343424242
      65.045454544444343434242
      65.546454545444444434343
      66.046464645454544444343
      66.547464646454545444444
      67.0  4746464645454544
      67.5   47464646454545
      68.0    474746464645
      68.5      47464646
      69.0       474746
      69.5         47

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 63.0 and 67.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       63.063.564.064.565.065.566.066.567.067.5
      47.51919        
      48.020202019      
      48.5212120202019    
      49.0222121212020201919 
      49.522222221212120202019
      50.023232222222221212120
      50.524232323232222222121
      51.025242424232323222222
      51.525252524242423232322
      52.026262525252424242323
      52.527262626252525242424
      53.027272726262625252524
      53.528282727272626262525
      54.029282828272727262626
      54.529292928282827272726
      55.030302929292828282727
      55.531303030292929282828
      56.031313030303029292928
      56.532313131303030292929
      57.032323231313130303029
      57.533333232323131313030
      58.034333333323232313131
      58.534343433333332323231
      59.035353434343333333232
      59.535353534343433333333
      60.036363535353434343333
      60.537363636353535343434
      61.037373736363635353534
      61.538373737363636363535
      62.038383837373736363635
      62.539393838383737373636
      63.040393939383838373737
      63.540403939393838383737
      64.041404040393939383838
      64.541414140404039393938
      65.042414141404040393939
      65.542424241414140404039
      66.043424242414141414040
      66.543434342424241414140
      67.044444343434242424141
      67.544444443434342424241
      68.045454444444343434242
      68.545454544444443434343
      69.046464545454444444343
      69.546464645454544444444
      70.047474646464545454444
      70.5  4746464646454545
      71.0   47474646464545
      71.5     4747464646
      72.0      47474646
      72.5        4747

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 68.0 and 72.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       68.068.569.069.570.070.571.071.572.072.5
      49.519         
      50.0202019       
      50.5212020201919    
      51.022222121212020202019
      51.522222121212020202019
      52.023222222212121212020
      52.523232322222222212121
      53.024242323232222222221
      53.525242424232323232222
      54.025252524242424232323
      54.526262525252424242423
      55.027262626252525252424
      55.527272726262625252525
      56.028282727272626262525
      56.529282828272727262626
      57.029292928282827272726
      57.530292929292828282727
      58.030303029292929282828
      58.531313030302929292928
      59.032313131303030292929
      59.532323231313130303029
      60.033323232323131313030
      60.533333332323232313131
      61.034343333333232323231
      61.535343434333333323232
      62.035353534343433333332
      62.536353535343434343333
      63.036363635353534343434
      63.537373636363535353434
      64.037373736363636353535
      64.538383737373636363635
      65.038383838373737363636
      65.539393838383737373736
      66.040393939383838373737
      66.540403939393938383837
      67.041404040393939393838
      67.541414140404039393938
      68.042414141404040403939
      68.542424241414140404039
      69.043424242414141414040
      69.543434342424241414141
      70.044434343434242424141
      70.544444443434342424242
      71.045444444444343434242
      71.545454544444443434343
      72.046454545454444444343
      72.546464645454544444444
      73.047464646454545454444
      73.5 474746464645454544
      74.0   47464646464545
      74.5    474746464645
      75.0      47464646
      75.5       474746
      76.0         47

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 73.0 and 77.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       7373.57474.57575.57676.57777.5
      49          
      49.5          
      50          
      50.5          
      51          
      51.5          
      52201919       
      52.52020201919     
      532121202020201919  
      53.522212121212020201919
      5422222221212121202020
      54.523232222222221212120
      5524232323222222222121
      55.524242423232323222222
      5625252424242323232322
      56.526252525242424242323
      5726262625252524242424
      57.527262626262525252524
      5827272727262626252525
      58.528282727272726262625
      5929282828272727272626
      59.529292928282827272727
      6030302929292828282827
      60.530303030292929282828
      6131313030303029292928
      61.532313131303030302929
      6232323231313130303030
      62.533323232323131313030
      6333333332323232313131
      63.534343333333232323231
      6434343434333333323232
      64.535353434343333333332
      6535353535343434333333
      65.5>35>353535353534343433
      66>35>35>35>35353535353434
      66.5>35>35>35>35>35>3535353535
      67>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>353535
      67.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35

      Army (New Recruits)

      ARMY HEIGHT/WEIGHT CHART - MALES
      Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
      5891    
      5994    
      6097132136139141
      61100136140144146
      62104141144148150
      63107145149153155
      64110150154158160
      65114155159163165
      66117160163168170
      67121165169174178
      68125170174179181
      69128175179184186
      70132180185189192
      71136185189194197
      72140190195200203
      73144195200205208
      74148201206211214
      75152206212217220
      76156212217223226
      77160218223229232
      78164223229235238
      79168229235241244
      80173234240247250
      ARMY HEIGHT/WEIGHT CHART - FEMALES
      Height in InchesMinimum WeightMaximum Weight (Age 17-20)Maximum Weight (Age 21-27)Maximum Weight (Age 28-39)Maximum Weight (Age 40+)
      5891119121122123
      5994124125126128
      6097128129131133
      61100132134135137
      62104136138140142
      63107141143144146
      64110145147149151
      65114150152154156
      66117155156158161
      67121159161163166
      68125164166168171
      69128169171173176
      70132174176178181
      71136179181183186
      72140184186188191
      73144189191194197
      74148194197199202
      75152200202204208
      76156205207210213
      77160210213215219
      78164216218221225
      79168221224227230
      80173227230233236

      Air Force

      AIR FORCE WEIGHT CHARTS - MALE AND FEMALE
      Height (inches)Max Weight (lbs)
      58131
      59136
      60141
      61145
      62150
      63155
      64160
      65165
      66170
      67175
      68180
      69186
      70191
      71197
      72202
      73208
      74214
      75220
      76225
      77231
      78237
      79244
      80250

      Navy

      NAVY WEIGHT CHARTS - MALE
      Height (inches)Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)
      57127
      58131
      59136
      60141
      61145
      62150
      63155
      64160
      65165
      66170
      67175
      68181
      69186
      70191
      71196
      72201
      73206
      74211
      75216
      76221
      77226
      78231
      79236
      80241
      NAVY WEIGHT CHARTS - FEMALE
      Height (inches)Maximum Weight Standard (pounds)
      57127
      58131
      59136
      60141
      61145
      62149
      63152
      64156
      65160
      66163
      67167
      68170
      69174
      70177
      71181
      72185
      73189
      74194
      75200
      76205
      77211
      78216
      79222
      80227

      Marine Corps- New Recruits ONLY

      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS MALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5896148153
      5998153158
      60100158163
      61102163168
      62103168174
      63104174180
      64105179186
      65106185191
      66107191197
      67111197203
      68115203209
      69119209215
      70123215222
      71127221228
      72131227234
      73135233241
      74139240248
      75143246254
      76147253261
      77151260268
      78153267275
      79157274282
      80160281288
      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FEMALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5891120123
      5994124127
      6097128131
      61100132135
      62104137140
      63107141144
      64110146149
      65114150153
      66117155157
      67121160163
      68125164167
      69128169173
      70132174177
      71136179181
      72140184187
      73144189192
      74148195197
      75152200203
      76156205208
      77160211214
      78164216219
      79168222225
      80173228231

      Marine Corps- After Entry

      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS MALE
      Height (inches)Minimum Weight (regardless of age)Maximum Weight (16-20 years old)Maximum Weight (21-30 years old)
      5891120123
      5994124127
      6097128131
      61100132135
      62104137140
      63107141144
      64110146149
      65114150153
      66117155157
      67121160163
      68125164167
      69128169173
      70132174177
      71136179181
      72140184187
      73144189192
      74148195197
      75152200203
      76156205208
      77160211214
      78164216219
      79168222225
      80173228231
      MARINE CORPS HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FEMALE
      Height (Inches)Maximum Standard (Pounds)Minimum Standard (Pounds)
      5812091
      5912494
      6012897
      61132100
      62137104
      63141107
      64146110
      65150114
      66155117
      67160121
      68164125
      69169128
      70174132
      71179136
      72184140
      73189144
      74195148
      75200152
      76205156
      77211160
      78216164
      79222168
      80228173

      Body Fat Measurements for each of the Services

      Body-Fat limits for each of the services are:

      Army (New Recruit Standards)

      Male 17-20 - 24% 
      Male 21-27 - 26% 
      Male 28-39 - 28% 
      Male 40+ - 30% 
      Female 17-20 - 30% 
      Female 21-27 - 32% 
      Female 28-39 - 34% 
      Female 40 + - 36%

      Army (Standards After Boot Camp)

      Male 17-20 - 20%
      Male 21-27 - 22%
      Male 28-39 - 24%
      Male 40+ - 26%
      Female 17-20 - 28%
      Female 21-27 - 30%
      Female 28-39 - 32%
      Female 40+ - 34%

      Air Force (New Recruit Standards)

      Male 17-29 - 20% 
      Male 30 + - 24% 
      Female 17-29 - 28% 
      Female 30 + - 32%

      Air Force (Standards After Boot Camp)

      Note: The Air Force no longer measures body fat after basic training. Instead, "Body Composition" is an integrated part of the overall Air Force Fitness Test.

      Body Fat Charts for Males

      The below tables are derived from DoD Instruction 1308.3, DoD Physical Fitness and Body Fat Programs Procedures.

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 60.0 and 64.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       60.060.561.061.562.062.563.063.564.064.5
      13.599        
      14.011111010101099  
      14.512121211111111101010
      15.013131313121212121111
      15.515151515151313131312
      16.016161515151514141414
      16.517171616161615151515
      17.018181817171717161616
      17.519191918181818171717
      18.020202019191919181818
      18.521212120202020191919
      19.022222221212121202020
      19.523232322222222212121
      20.024242423232323222222
      20.525252524242424232323
      21.026262625252525242424
      21.527272726262626252525
      22.028272727272626262625
      22.529282828282727272726
      23.029292929282828282727
      23.530303029292929282828
      24.031313030303029292929
      24.532313131303030303029
      25.032323232313131313030
      25.533333332323232313131
      26.034343333333332323232
      26.535343434343333333332
      27.035353535343434343333
      27.536363635353535343434
      28.037363636363535353534
      28.5  3737363636363535
      29.0    373737363636
      29.5       373736

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 58.0 and 62.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       58.058.559.059.560.060.561.061.562.062.5
      45.019         
      45.5202019       
      46.02120202019     
      46.52121212020201919  
      47.022222221212020201919
      47.523232222222121212020
      48.024232323222222212121
      48.524242423232322222221
      49.025252424242323232222
      49.526262525242424232323
      50.027262626252524242423
      50.527272726262625252524
      51.028282727272626262525
      51.529282828272727262626
      52.029292928282827272726
      52.530302929292828282727
      53.031303030292929282828
      53.531313130303029292928
      54.032323131313030302929
      54.533323232313131303030
      55.033333332323231313130
      55.534343333333232323131
      56.035343434333333323231
      56.535353534343433333232
      57.036363535343434333333
      57.537363635353534343433
      58.037373636363535353434
      58.538373737363636353535
      59.038383837373736363635
      59.539393838383737363636
      60.040393938383837373736
      60.540403939393838383737
      61.041404040393939383838
      61.541414140404039393838
      62.042424141404040393939
      62.542424241414140404039
      63.043434242424141414040
      63.544434342424241414140
      64.044444343434242424141
      64.545444444434343424242
      65.045454544444343434242
      65.546454545444444434343
      66.046464645454544444343
      66.547464646454545444444
      67.0  4746464645454544
      67.5   47464646454545
      68.0    474746464645
      68.5      47464646
      69.0       474746
      69.5         47

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 65.0 and 69.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       65.065.566.066.567.067.568.068.569.069.5
      14.51099       
      15.01111101010101099 
      15.512121211111111111010
      16.013131313121212121211
      16.514141414141313131312
      17.016151515151414141414
      17.517161616161615151515
      18.018181717171716161616
      18.519191818181817171717
      19.020201919191918181818
      19.521212020202019191919
      20.022212121212120202020
      20.523222222222121212121
      21.024232323232222222221
      21.524242424232323232322
      22.025252525242424242323
      22.526262625252525242424
      23.027272626262626252525
      23.528272727272726262626
      24.028282828282727272726
      24.529292929282828282727
      25.030303029292929282828
      25.531313030303029292929
      26.031313131313030303029
      26.532323232313131313030
      27.033333232323232313131
      27.534333333333232323232
      28.0 34343434333333333232
      28.535353434343434333333
      29.0 36363636353535353434
      29.5 36363636353535353434
      30.037373636363635353535
      30.5  3737373636363635
      31.0     3737363636
      31.5        3737

      Body Fat Percentages for Males between 70.0 and 74.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       70.070.571.071.572.072.573.073.574.074.5
      15.510110999     
      16.0111111101010101099
      16.512121212111111111110
      17.013131313131212121211
      17.514141414141313131313
      18.015151515151414141414
      18.517161616161515151515
      19.018171717171616161616
      19.518181818181717171717
      20.019191919191818181818
      20.520202020191919191918
      21.021212121202020202019
      21.522222221212121212020
      22.023232322222222222121
      22.524242323232323222222
      23.025242424242423232323
      23.525252525252424242424
      24.026262626252525252524
      24.527272726262626262525
      25.028282727272726262626
      25.529282828282727272727
      26.029292929282828282827
      26.530303029292929282828
      27.031303030303029292929
      27.531313131303030303029
      28.032323231313131313030
      28.533323232323231313131
      29.033333333323232323231
      29.534343433333333323232
      30.035343434343433333333
      30.535353535343434343433
      31.036363535353535343434
      31.536363636363535353535
      32.037373736363636363535
      32.5   37373636363636
      33.0      37373636
      33.5         37

      BODY FAT CHARTS FOR FEMALES

      The below tables are derived from DoD Instruction 1308.3, DoD Physical Fitness and Body Fat Programs Procedures.

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 58.0 and 62.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       58.058.559.059.560.060.561.061.562.062.5
      45.019         
      45.5202019       
      46.02120202019     
      46.52121212020201919  
      47.022222221212020201919
      47.523232222222121212020
      48.024232323222222212121
      48.524242423232322222221
      49.025252424242323232222
      49.526262525242424232323
      50.027262626252524242423
      50.527272726262625252524
      51.028282727272626262525
      51.529282828272727262626
      52.029292928282827272726
      52.530302929292828282727
      53.031303030292929282828
      53.531313130303029292928
      54.032323131313030302929
      54.533323232313131303030
      55.033333332323231313130
      55.534343333333232323131
      56.035343434333333323231
      56.535353534343433333232
      57.036363535343434333333
      57.537363635353534343433
      58.037373636363535353434
      58.538373737363636353535
      59.038383837373736363635
      59.539393838383737363636
      60.040393938383837373736
      60.540403939393838383737
      61.041404040393939383838
      61.541414140404039393838
      62.042424141404040393939
      62.542424241414140404039
      63.043434242424141414040
      63.544434342424241414140
      64.044444343434242424141
      64.545444444434343424242
      65.045454544444343434242
      65.546454545444444434343
      66.046464645454544444343
      66.547464646454545444444
      67.0  4746464645454544
      67.5   47464646454545
      68.0    474746464645
      68.5      47464646
      69.0       474746
      69.5         47

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 63.0 and 67.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       63.063.564.064.565.065.566.066.567.067.5
      47.51919        
      48.020202019      
      48.5212120202019    
      49.0222121212020201919 
      49.522222221212120202019
      50.023232222222221212120
      50.524232323232222222121
      51.025242424232323222222
      51.525252524242423232322
      52.026262525252424242323
      52.527262626252525242424
      53.027272726262625252524
      53.528282727272626262525
      54.029282828272727262626
      54.529292928282827272726
      55.030302929292828282727
      55.531303030292929282828
      56.031313030303029292928
      56.532313131303030292929
      57.032323231313130303029
      57.533333232323131313030
      58.034333333323232313131
      58.534343433333332323231
      59.035353434343333333232
      59.535353534343433333333
      60.036363535353434343333
      60.537363636353535343434
      61.037373736363635353534
      61.538373737363636363535
      62.038383837373736363635
      62.539393838383737373636
      63.040393939383838373737
      63.540403939393838383737
      64.041404040393939383838
      64.541414140404039393938
      65.042414141404040393939
      65.542424241414140404039
      66.043424242414141414040
      66.543434342424241414140
      67.044444343434242424141
      67.544444443434342424241
      68.045454444444343434242
      68.545454544444443434343
      69.046464545454444444343
      69.546464645454544444444
      70.047474646464545454444
      70.5  4746464646454545
      71.0   47474646464545
      71.5     4747464646
      72.0      47474646
      72.5        4747

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 68.0 and 72.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       68.068.569.069.570.070.571.071.572.072.5
      49.519         
      50.0202019       
      50.5212020201919    
      51.022222121212020202019
      51.522222121212020202019
      52.023222222212121212020
      52.523232322222222212121
      53.024242323232222222221
      53.525242424232323232222
      54.025252524242424232323
      54.526262525252424242423
      55.027262626252525252424
      55.527272726262625252525
      56.028282727272626262525
      56.529282828272727262626
      57.029292928282827272726
      57.530292929292828282727
      58.030303029292929282828
      58.531313030302929292928
      59.032313131303030292929
      59.532323231313130303029
      60.033323232323131313030
      60.533333332323232313131
      61.034343333333232323231
      61.535343434333333323232
      62.035353534343433333332
      62.536353535343434343333
      63.036363635353534343434
      63.537373636363535353434
      64.037373736363636353535
      64.538383737373636363635
      65.038383838373737363636
      65.539393838383737373736
      66.040393939383838373737
      66.540403939393938383837
      67.041404040393939393838
      67.541414140404039393938
      68.042414141404040403939
      68.542424241414140404039
      69.043424242414141414040
      69.543434342424241414141
      70.044434343434242424141
      70.544444443434342424242
      71.045444444444343434242
      71.545454544444443434343
      72.046454545454444444343
      72.546464645454544444444
      73.047464646454545454444
      73.5 474746464645454544
      74.0   47464646464545
      74.5    474746464645
      75.0      47464646
      75.5       474746
      76.0         47

      Body Fat Percentages for Females between 73.0 and 77.5 Inches Tall

      Circumference ValueHeight (inches)
       7373.57474.57575.57676.57777.5
      49          
      49.5          
      50          
      50.5          
      51          
      51.5          
      52201919       
      52.52020201919     
      532121202020201919  
      53.522212121212020201919
      5422222221212121202020
      54.523232222222221212120
      5524232323222222222121
      55.524242423232323222222
      5625252424242323232322
      56.526252525242424242323
      5726262625252524242424
      57.527262626262525252524
      5827272727262626252525
      58.528282727272726262625
      5929282828272727272626
      59.529292928282827272727
      6030302929292828282827
      60.530303030292929282828
      6131313030303029292928
      61.532313131303030302929
      6232323231313130303030
      62.533323232323131313030
      6333333332323232313131
      63.534343333333232323231
      6434343434333333323232
      64.535353434343333333332
      6535353535343434333333
      65.5>35>353535353534343433
      66>35>35>35>35353535353434
      66.5>35>35>35>35>35>3535353535
      67>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>353535
      67.5>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35>35