Army Body Fat Standards: Male

As Per Army Regulation 600-9, Males are allowed the following Body Fat Standards.  However, all personnel are encouraged to achieve the more stringent DOD goals which is 18 % body fat for males and 26 % body fat for females.

Male Age Group 17-20:        20% Body Fat
Male Age Group 21-27:        22% Body Fat
Male Age Group 28-39:        24% Body Fat
Male Age Group 40+:           26% Body Fat

Personnel who are overweight, including Soldiers who become pregnant while on the  weight control program:
(1) Are nonpromotable (to the extent such nonpromotion is permitted by law).
(2) Will not be assigned to command, command sergeant major or first sergeant  positions.
(3) Are not authorized to attend professional military schools.

Any Soldier who is under weight will be referred to their commander for immediate medical evaluation.

a. The height will be measured with the Soldier in stocking feet (without running shoes) and wearing the authorized physical fitness uniform (trunks and T-shirt). The Soldier will stand on a flat surface with the head held horizontal, looking directly forward with the line of vision horizontal and the chin parallel to the floor. The body will be straight but not rigid, similar to the position of attention. When measuring height to determine body fat percentage (fig B–1 or B–2), the Soldier’s height is measured to the nearest half inch. When measuring height to use the weight for height screening table (table B–1) the Soldier’s height is measured and then rounded to the nearest inch with the following guidelines:
(1) If the height fraction is less than half an inch, round down to the nearest whole number in inches.
(2) If the height fraction is half an inch or greater, round up to the next highest whole number in inches.
b. The weight will be measured with the Soldier in stocking feet and wearing the authorized physical fitness uniform (trunks and T-shirt); running shoes will not be worn. Scales used for weight measurement will be calibrated annually for accuracy. The measurement will be made on scales available in units and recorded to the nearest pound with the following guidelines:
(1) If the weight fraction of the Soldier is less than one-half pound, round down to the nearest pound.
(2) If the weight fraction of the Soldier is one half-pound or greater, round up to the next whole pound.
(3) No weight will be deducted to account for clothing.