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