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PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Regulation 40-1)

Generally speaking, potential service members should be in good physical condition, of appropriate weight and able to pass a standard physical screening prior to entry. As part of the entrance process for any service, new recruits will receive a physical exam. During that exam, they will be asked about their overall health. A recruit's input and the result of the exam will determine his or her ability to meet the health and physical fitness standards for military service. Because of the very particular and personal nature of these matters, one should contact a recruiter for more specific information.

OHMR Regulation 40-1 provides details on the physical fitness standards required for entry. It also covers a wide range of medical factors which could potentially disqualify one from military service. Unless stated otherwise, many of these conditions are not necessarily permanently disqualifying, but they are red flags! If you have had a medical complication at any time in your life that is mentioned in the physical standard regulations, then you need to tell your recruiter. They will tell you whether your condition can be waivered, or if it is permanently disqualifying. For any circumstance where there may be doubt, a meeting can be arranged with qualified OHMR medical personnel to review the matter and render a final decision. Remember that if you do not get an official waiver and your condition is later discovered, you will most likely be dishonorably discharged for fraudulent enlistment.

WEIGHT-TO-HEIGHT STANDARD (Regulation 40-1)

  MALE FEMALE
HEIGHT 17-20 21-27 28-39 40+ 17-20 21-27 28-39 40+
58 X X X X 141 144 148 152
59 X X X X 145 145 152 157
60 167 171 174 177 149 153 157 161
61 171 175 180 182 153 158 161 165
62 177 180 184 187 159 163 167 172
63 181 185 190 193 163 168 172 177
64 187 191 195 198 168 172 177 181
65 192 196 201 203 172 177 181 185
66 198 201 206 209 177 182 187 191
67 203 208 209 213 181 185 191 196
68 209 213 219 221 187 191 196 202
69 214 219 224 229 191 195 201 206
70 220 225 230 233 196 201 206 212
71 225 230 235 239 201 205 211 216
72 231 236 242 245 205 211 216 223
73 240 242 248 251 211 216 222 229
74 246 249 254 258 218 223 230 235
75 249 255 261 264 223 229 235 242
76 255 261 268 271 230 235 242 249
77 262 268 274 278 234 241 248 254
78 268 274 281 284 240 246 253 260
79 274 281 288 291 245 252 259 266
80 280 286 294 298 251 258 264 272

WAIST-TO-HIP RATIO (Regulation 40-1)

For those individuals to do not meet the Weight-To-Height standard, the Waist-To-Hip Ratio provides an alternative standard against which a person can be measured for eligibile fitness.

Recent research and global studies have indicated that Waist to Hip ratio is a better predictor of the risk of heart attack and general health than body-mass index, the current standard.

Determine the waist to hip ratio by obtaining the measurements as shown below and working the calculation as described.

  1. Measure the waist at the widest point (generally at the navel) using a tape measure.
  2. Measure the hips at the widest point (generally at the point of the buttocks) using a tape measure.
  3. Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. The resultant sum is the waist to hip ratio.

The standard ratio is less than 0.95 for male soldiers and less than 0.80 for female soldiers.

PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARD

Physical Training (PT) tests are NOT administered at the time of enlistment. They are conducted annually at pre-determined times during one of the regular unit drills. The PT test is not a pre-requisite for duty, but it is a standard one must meet in order to be deployable.

There are three different physical tests:

Personnel who achieve US Army standards for two consecutive years become eligible for the Physical Fitness award.

SIT-UPS (2 minutes)
AGE 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
MALE 21 19 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8
FEMALE 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7

PUSH-UPS (2 minutes)
AGE 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
MALE 17 16 15 13 13 10 9 6 5 4
FEMALE 7 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 2

1 MILE RUN (timed)
AGE 17-21 22-26 27-31 32-36 37-41 42-46 47-51 52-56 57-61 62+
MALE 11:13 11:42 12:11 12:43 13:09 13:37 13:52 14:00 14:35 14:50
FEMALE 13:23 13:52 14:50 16:02 16:32 17:00 17:15 17:30 17:51 18:05


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