The Army is way behind

Sunday, October 03, 2010

I am a SSG in the United States Army Reserve. There are many standards a soldier must maintain and weight is one of them. I absolutely hate my bi-annual weigh-ins. I always am around 145 - 150, but im only 5'3". The Army claims that because I am short I should not weigh more than 144. And if I do, IM FAT!!! The Army also claims that I have to do as many push ups in 2 minutes ( I can do 60 but my minimum I have to do is 13), as many sit ups in 2 minutes (I can do 55-60, but my minimum to pass is 45), and run 2 miles as fast as I can ( I do it 19 minutes, but I have 20:30 to complete). I used to be a lot better than this, but I got Pnemonia and quit smoking 2 years ago, and bouncing back is a lot tougher than it seems. I gained 15 pounds (used to be 135), but I am physically fit, I look good in my uniform, yet because I may not produce that perfect small number on that old fashion scale, I can have unfavorable actions against me. Im not kidding, I could be jepeordized because of a pound or 2.
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  • no profile photo CD5647078
    Good luck on your weigh in!
    3672 days ago
    Tomorrow is my next PT test and Weigh in! In right at 143.5 (can't exceed 144). I been eating light to maintain! Think thin thoughts for me everyone!
    3673 days ago
    There is the body fat test, unfortunately they do it old school (measuring tape) and they claim I'm 36-38% body fat according to that method! No way! I went to Jenny Craig and just asked the TRAINED PROFESSIONAL to determine my body fat ( they said I was 26.6%) then I went to planet fitness who used similar methods also said I was 26.5%. So, i cannot not pass the Army's body fat test because the weight I do have hangs out in my hips, and I have a small neck, and their methods take the average of 2 measurements and then adding the hips. Looking at me, you have to know I'm not nearly 1/2 fat. So that's why I HAVE to make that magic #. I have shown in the past that even 10 pounds under that magic number, I STILL DONT PASS THE BODY FAT TEST!
    3675 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5512416
    I understand what you are saying and just can't find anything to say to your problem. My son is on the front lines in Afghanistan and I wish all he had to worry about was a pound or two.
    3676 days ago
    My daughter had the same problem with the Navy. She carries quite a bit of muscle on her petite frame and was a DD cup prior to her breast reduction to a C (which the Navy did pay for as running was beginning to cause back issues).

    Prior to going to basic training they did a hydrostatic body fat test, because although she'd worked out twice a week for 10 months during her DEP, she could not get her body weight within 2-3 pounds of the requirement. The test showed conclusively that she was not carrying excessive fat.

    And thank you for your service!

    3676 days ago
  • JR1952
    You made it through boot camp, you can make it on SP. Follow the plan and it will all work out. I haven't done a real push up in years, I do the wall ones.....not the real ones you have to do. emoticon You quit smoking, that is quite an accomplishment. Makes losing fifteen pounds sound easy after all you have already done in your life. Good luck!

    3676 days ago
    That sucks! If I remember correctly, when I was in, there was some kind of body fat test they could do. My roommate was a bodybuilder and always overweight. His body fat was around the 6% range or so. He got some kind of weight waver. Is there anything like that for you guys? If not, yeah, you're right. They do seem way behind.
    3676 days ago
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