The U.S. Navy has different weight requirements for its members, depending on what type of job they do. This post will break it all down for you – from the most basic guidelines to our regulations based on what type of job you’re doing.
Navy Maximum Height and Weight Charts
Below are the maximum weight and height charts for all the Navy jobs. The charts will help you calculate your own body mass index (BMI). Here is what you need to know:
|Height – Inches / Feet and inches||Male – Max Weight (pounds)||Female – Max Weight|
|51” – 4’3”||97 pounds||102 pounds|
|52” – 4’4”||102 pounds||106 pounds|
|53” – 4’5”||107 pounds||110 pounds|
|54” – 4’6”||112 pounds||114 pounds|
|55” – 4’7”||117 pounds||118 pounds|
|56” – 4’8”||122 pounds||123 pounds|
|57” – 4’9”||127 pounds||127 pounds|
|58” – 4′ 10″||131 pounds||131 pounds|
|59” – 4′ 11″||136 pounds||136 pounds|
|60” – 5′ 0″||141 pounds||141 pounds|
|61” – 5′ 1″||145 pounds||145 pounds|
|62” – 5′ 2″||150 pounds||149 pounds|
|63” – 5″ 3″||155 pounds||152 pounds|
|64” – 5″ 4″||160 pounds||156 pounds|
|65” – 5″ 5″||165 pounds||160 pounds|
|66” – 5″ 6″||170 pounds||163 pounds|
|67” – 5″ 7″||175 pounds||167 pounds|
|68” – 5″ 8″||181 pounds||170 pounds|
|69” – 5″ 9″||186 pounds||174 pounds|
|70” – 5″ 10″||191 pounds||177 pounds|
|71” – 5″ 11″||196 pounds||181 pounds|
|72” – 6″ 0″||201 pounds||185 pounds|
|73” – 6″ 1″||206 pounds||189 pounds|
|74” – 6″ 2″||211 pounds||194 pounds|
|75” – 6″ 3″||216 pounds||200 pounds|
|76” – 6″ 4″||221 pounds||205 pounds|
|77” – 6″ 5″||226 pounds||211 pounds|
|78” – 6″ 6″||231 pounds||216 pounds|
|79” – 6″ 7″||236 pounds||222 pounds|
|80” – 6″ 8″||241 pounds||227 pounds|
|81” – 6′ 9″||246 pounds||233 pounds|
|82” – 6′ 10″||251 pounds||239 pounds|
|83” – 6′ 11″||256 pounds||245 pounds|
|84” – 7′ 0″||261 pounds||251 pounds|
|85” – 7′ 1″||266 pounds||257 pounds|
|86” – 7′ 2″||271 pounds||263 pounds|
What are the Basic Navy Weight Requirements?
The Navy offers stricter guidelines for those who have volunteered for Operation Enduring Freedom. For those who are not eligible for a waiver, the weight requirement is 180 pounds or more and under 240 pounds with a body fat percentage of 20% or less. Eligibility waivers are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Every Navy service member is physically fit for duty. Here are the basic requirements to join the Navy: Candidates must pass a swim test before entering boot camp.
Candidates must also pass a Physical Readiness Test (PRT). This consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run within the following times:
Males under 30 – 45 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and complete “The Run” in 10 minutes or less.
Females under 30 – 35 push-ups, 45 sit-ups, and complete “The Run” in 12 minutes or less.
Males over 30 – 40 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and complete “The Run” in 11 minutes or less.
Females over 30 – 35 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and complete “The Run” in 13 minutes or less.
Swim Test of Navy: The Navy requires its sailors to be able to swim a distance of 50 yards. They must also be able to tread water for 5 minutes and swim one lap of 25 yards.
What are Additional Navy Weight Requirements for Specific Jobs and Rank Levels?
Sailors working in certain positions are required to meet additional weight requirements. These include: Sailors working on a submarine must maintain a body fat of less than 22%.
Sailors assigned to the aviation community, such as naval aviators and flight officers, are required to meet additional weight requirements during a three-week period prior to their first flight. Sailors assigned to the aviation community must maintain a body fat within +/-7% of the average for their outfit on 72-hour cycles.
What Navy job have the highest weight requirements?
Pilots and flight officers have the highest weight requirement of anyone in the Navy. They must maintain a body fat percentage of 20% or less.
What Navy job has the lowest weight requirements?
Submarine duty requires that sailors maintain body fat under 22% while assigned to that job. See also: Army Body Fat Calculator.
What’s the Navy’s maximum weight for females?
The Navy requires all females to maintain their body fat percentage at no more than 29%. There is no maximum weight requirement for female sailors.
What’s the maximum weight for males?
The Navy has different additional requirements for males depending on the job they hold. The only way to know your weight limit is to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and find your fit category, then you can see an overview of those requirements. See also: BMI calculator.
What are the Navy’s lower weight limits for its members in specific ratings?
The maximum and minimum weights for male sailors range from a minimum of 107 pounds to a maximum of 260 pounds. The maximum range for female sailors ranges from a minimum of 91 pounds to a maximum of 238 pounds. These are just guidelines, however. The best way to find out the Navy’s specific weight requirements is to contact your local recruiter, who will have the most up-to-date information.
In general, applicants are weighed in their underwear. Weights are then rounded off to the nearest five pounds. For example, a male weighing 147 pounds may be considered acceptable until he tries on his uniform and is then found to weigh 152 or 155 instead. At that point, he would be considered overweight and required to drop some weight.
Body fat percentages are not used as part of the qualification process for new recruits. However, body fat percentage standards do exist and will apply to those already in the Navy who need to lose excess weight. To maintain body fat at healthy levels, most men should be between 8-10 percent body fat (or 20-25 percent for women). Women can maintain healthy body fat levels by staying between 23-27 percent (or 30-35 percent for women). Related: Body Fat Calculator.
Women, when they join the Navy, have a “catch up” period to get to the starting weight and body fat percentage standards, which can take several months. After this “catch up” period, these requirements never change for female sailors.
The Navy is committed to ensuring that all sailors are healthy at a healthy weight (see also: healthy weight calculator), which is why you can expect the benefits of nutrition and training programs authorized by Congress to go toward helping you achieve your weight and body fat percentages.
This information is dated but pretty much tells you everything you need to know. I was 197lbs when I first joined the navy, and now I weigh over 200lbs. I also have a very low body fat percentage. I was very overweight and I have been losing weight at an accelerated rate ever since.
How would I calculate my BMI to find out what type of Navy job fit me best?
The military doesn’t use BMI as a way to qualify military members. It’s just a guide most doctors use to gauge your health level. Assuming you meet all the other requirements for Navy Service, BMI shouldn’t be an issue.
I am aiming for Surface Warfare or Nuclear Field but my body fat is 15% and they want 12%. Can I still join?
Of course, body fat standards and weight standards are different things (although related). You can pass your weigh-in and still flunk the body fat test.
Just because you are over the weight standards doesn’t mean you will not get in. If you meet all other physical qualifications, you can still get selected.
What if I fail my Navy height/weight requirements?
The navy has set standards for their maximum & minimum weight requirements for males and females. Not meeting these standards can be a deal killer for many people considering entering service.
If you are over the standard weight for the job you are trying to get, a few pounds that could be an issue. If you have a body fat percentage above the 12% for males or 27% for females, it could be an issue. If you have failed your height/weight standard once before and made a choice to become healthier, it will most likely not be an issue.
If you get turned down for failing to meet height/weight requirements at MEPS, it does not mean you won’t be able to join the navy. You must decide if you want to remain a candidate or if you want to wait another 9 months and try again.
Why are Navy height/weight standards different for males and females?
The main reason why there are different standards for males and females is due to the differences in body types and spacing of fat storage in general. Males tend to have more muscle mass and less flab around the midsection whereas females tend to have more flab in general than males.
Additionally, males tend to reach higher weights than females since they have less body fat percentage overall. That being said, there are times when females with more muscle mass than individuals with less muscle mass can outweigh males with equal or even lower muscle mass. This is simply due to the amount of lean muscle tissue male bodies have vs female bodies.
What does it mean when a sailor has a body fat percentage of 20% or less?
Body fat percentage is the amount of fat (or adipose tissue) in your body. It is not an accurate measurement of body weight or muscle strength. The body fat percentage test measures the amount of subcutaneous fat (beneath your skin) on your body by weighing you and taking a skinfold assessment. Unfortunately, this test isn’t very accurate for larger individuals due to the amount of adipose tissue that is found around the midsection and lower extremities more so than around the upper trunk area.
The Navy considers an acceptable body fat percentage to be between 10-14% for males and between 24-28% for females.
If a person is considered obese (over 30) then they are no longer allowed to join the military unless they lose the weight. Since obesity is a major health risk, a person should consult their doctor before attempting to join the military at that level.