Chapter 18: Failure to Meet Body Fat
Soldiers who fail to meet the body fat standards set forth in AR 600-9 are
subject to separation UP of this chapter when such condition is the sole basis
for the separation. Soldiers who have been diagnosed by health care personnel
as having a medical condition preventing them from participating in the Army
body fat reduction program will not be separated under this chapter. IAW AR
600-9 and IAW AR 635-200, a commander may separate a soldier who is in the
weight control program under the following circumstances:
- Failure to make satisfactory
progress after any two consecutive monthly weigh-ins while enrolled in the
Army Weight Control Program (AR 635-200, para 18-2a(2)).
- If no medical condition
exists, initiation of separation proceedings is required for soldiers who
do not make satisfactory progress in the program after a period of 6
months, unless the responsible commander chooses to impose a bar to
reenlistment per AR 635-200, para 18-2a(2).
- Initiation of separation
proceedings is required for soldiers who fail to meet screening table
weight and body fat standards during the 24-month period following removal
from the weight control program, provided no medical conditions exist
- Soldiers without medical
limitations who exceed the screening table weight and body fat standards
after the 12 month period but prior to 36 months following removal from
the program, and who do not meet the standards during the 90-day grace
period prescribed by AR 600-9, will be processed for separation.
1-16 Counseling Required:
Bn Cdr (1-19d)
Type of discharge authorized:
Below is a proposed course of action for those commanders who identify a
soldier who is overweight:
- Soldier is weighed and
exceeds the screening table weight (pg 7, AR 600-9) and taped and exceeds
the body fat standard (pg 4, AR 600-9 as amended in IC 1, 4 Mar 94).
- Commander initiates flag. The
commander enrolls the soldier into the overweight program and informs the
soldier using the memorandum format. When the soldier acknowledges receipt
of the memorandum, the clock starts for the purposes of chapter action.
- Commander refers the soldier
to the nutritionist for nutritional counseling and proper weight-loss
counseling. This is done by memorandum and must take place as soon as the
soldier is enrolled in the program.
- Commander refers the soldier
to the TMC for medical screening to determine if there is a medical
condition which will preclude the soldier from losing weight. This is also
done by memorandum and also must take place as soon as possible after the
soldier has been enrolled in the program.
- Conduct monthly weight-ins.
If the soldier shows no improvement in any two consecutive monthly
weigh-ins, initiate separation. If after six months, the commander
determines that the soldier has not shown adequate improvement, the
commander can either impose a bar to reenlistment or can initiate
- If the soldier meets the body
fat standard and the screening table weight table as prescribed in AR
600-9, remove the soldier from the overweight program. This removal is
accomplished through a memorandum and should be kept on file in the unit
for the next 36 months.
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