Can I Join The United States Armed Forces If I’m Overweight Or Underweight?


If you are considering a career with the United States Armed Forces you will have to meet a number of requirements before you can join. These range from physical, academic, background check and personal history. While some of these cannot be changed, for example if you have a felony this will remain with you. Other issues can be altered though, and the biggest one that many ask about is weight.

Every branch within the US armed forces requires that you meet certain height and weight requirements. I won’t provide any specific numbers since they differ for each branch. However, if you are severely overweight or underweight this can be a disqualifying factor.

But it doesn’t have to be. If you are underweight, just eat! Perhaps that sounds easier than it is, but most people find it more difficult to lose weight than to put on weight. Start eating healthy regular meals more frequently and perhaps do some weight training to add muscle mass.

Being overweight on the other hand is a much more common problem. Many potential recruits let this stand in the way of their enlistment dreams. But it doesn’t have to be.

Your branch of choice will have a list of physical fitness requirements. And so as you train for those requirements you will already be getting into a physical fitness regimen. If you have medical issues related to your weight definitely go speak to a doctor to ensure that you are able to participate in physical activity.

However, if you are an average American living a sedentary lifestyle and enjoy eating fatty foods, you should easily be able to take matters into your own hands. Start by cutting out the fatty food and junk food. Replace those with healthy lean meat and fresh produce

Aim to work out 3-4 times a week, starting with easy exercises like walking and light weight lifting, then slowly building it up to running faster, perhaps even swimming, biking, whatever you find most enjoyable.

And last but not least, don’t hold of speaking with a recruiter just because of your weight. If your recruiter sees that you are an ideal candidate other than weight, they will work with you. They can start your paperwork and background checks to at least get the ball rolling.

They will also put you on a physical fitness routine and perhaps even train with you a few times a week to help you work out correctly to get into military shape.


Source by Leah M Fisch