No conflict or differences exist between the weight requirements for the Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS, and basic training. MEPS checks your weight to determine whether you meet the requirements for basic training and enlistment in the Army. If you don't pass the requirements at your MEPS weigh-in, you won't be able to enlist or go to basic training.
The Enlistment Process
Once you've met with a recruiter and made the decision to join the Army, the first step is to go to your state's MEPS station for aptitude testing and physical and medical examinations. If you pass all of the requirements, you can enlist and be sworn in. Once you're sworn in, you'll either be placed on the вЂњdirect shipвЂќ path, in which you'll go straight to basic training, or you'll be placed in the вЂњdelayed entry program,вЂќ which means that you're making a commitment to attend basic training at a future date, usually within a year of your enlistment.
MEPS Height and Weight Requirements
Part of the physical and medical examination at MEPS includes making sure your weight falls within the minimum and maximum weight requirements for your height, age and gender. This is to ensure that you will be able to endure the intense physical demands of basic training. At the weigh-in, your height will be measured with your shoes off and your weight will be measured with your shoes and outer clothes off. If your weight is found to be outside the acceptable range, you'll be examined to see if you fall within the body-fat percentage requirements.
Basic Training Weight Requirements
Basic training weight requirements are the same as the MEPS requirements. You undergo another physical exam when you arrive at basic training, so it's important not to let your weight fluctuate outside of the acceptable range between the time you enlist and the time you arrive at basic training. If you're on the вЂњdirect shipвЂќ path, this is generally not a problem; although, depending on the job assignment you chose, it could take as long as two months before you get shipped to basic training, which is plenty of time to gain too much weight if you're not careful.
Failing to Meet the Requirements
If you are found to be either underweight or overweight, you won't be allowed to enlist, and you'll be given a prescribed amount of time before you can return and try again. If you pass the weight check at MEPS but are found to be overweight by the time you arrive at basic training, you'll be evaluated based on your body-fat percentage. If necessary, you will be enrolled in a weight-loss program before you are allowed to begin basic training. If the weight gain is excessive, you could be disenrolled and sent home.
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