In this week’s edition of N-FAQs, I answer a commonly asked question about the weight requirements for joining the Navy.
What are the weight requirements? I weight about 175 to 180. I don’t know if that is too much.
When I first went to MEPS, I didn’t make the weight or the BMI (tape test) requirements so everything stopped for me that day. The next time I went, I passed the BMI (tape test) but they didn’t have a rating for me that day. The next time I went to MEPS, I finally got my STG rating.
Getting back to the question though, yes they did give me a ballpark amount of how much I’d need to lose in order to pass the weigh-in. After I got my rating, my recruiter told me to get down to the ideal weight for my height before I go to boot camp or else I’m gonna be worked harder while I’m there. Click here for the link to the PFA program above to view the height-to-weight chart.
When you run it, go to BCA Calculator, then male or female. After that, enter your height in inches, neck circumference in inches, and abdomen circumference in inches.
When you’re measuring your abs, you’re suppose to measure the widest part of them above the belly button. I originally thought it was where the ribs end so I got an inaccurate measurement. When it comes to your neck, measure the part right below your Adam’s Apple (if you can find it).
The Ideal Height to Weight chart is right above where you’d enter your height and all that for the BCA Calculator, but if your BCA is below 25%, then you’re good as far as passing your weigh-in the first time goes.
Once again, make sure you’re within your ideal weight to your height according to the chart before you go to boot camp or else if you fail the first two PFAs, your RDCs will run you harder during PT and try to find any little reason to beat you so you’ll pass the weigh-in before the final PFA! Keep in mind that this all depends on the kind of RDCs that you get and your motivation to get better and lose that weight.
If for some reason you don’t make weight before you ship off to boot camp, you’ll probably be put in the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) again and your recruiters will probably make you come to work out with them once (sometimes twice) a week in addition to attending the DEP meetings until you get shipped out again. It’ll be a pain, but at least you’ll have more time to lose that extra bit of weight. Heck, you might even get into better shape than the others that’ll be there in boot camp!
If you’d like to learn more, I would suggest watching my 3-part mini-series on how I lost over 20 lbs in 2 months without starving myself.
Hope this helps and good luck; I’ll be rooting for ya!!
Guys, I can’t thank you enough for all of your questions thus far! Please keep them coming!