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What is meant by the term "overweight"?
The Soldier is considered overweight when his or her percent of body fat exceeds the standard specified in paragraph 20c of AR 600-9 (The soldier may exceed the maximum screening table weight and may not be considered overweight if they meet the body fat standard)

Who is responsible for meeting the standards prescribed in AR 600-9?
Every Soldier

What are the primary objectives of the Army Weight Control Program?
Ensure that all personnel:
1. Are able to meet the physical demands of their duties under combat conditions.
2. Present a trim military appearance at all times

Name three limitations on personnel that are overweight?
1. Nonpromotable
2. Will not be authorized to attend professional military or civilian schooling.
3. Will not be assigned to command positions

Can a Soldier who has been flagged for being overweight or an APFT failure receive an award? (AR 600-8-2, 1-15)
A Soldier that is flagged for overweight cannot receive an award.
A Soldier that is flagged for APFT failure can receive and award.

When is a determination of percent body fat required to be made on personnel?
• When their body weight exceeds the screening table weight.
• When the unit commander or supervisor determines that the individual's appearance suggests that body fat is excessive.

What are three reasons why the Army is so concerned about excess body fat?
1. Indicates a lack of personal discipline
2. It detracts from military appearance
3. It is an indication that a poor state of health, physical fitness, or stamina may be present.

When does enrollment in a weight control program begin?
On the day that the soldier is informed by the unit commander that he or she has been entered into a weight control program.

Tape measures used for taping should be made of what material?
A non-stretchable material, preferably fiberglass. Cloth or steel tapes are unacceptable because cloth measuring tapes will stretch with usage and most metal tapes will not conform to body surfaces.

How often should soldiers in the weight control program weight in?
Monthly to measure progress

What regulation covers the Army Weight Control Program?
AR 600-9

Screening table weights and heights are measured to the nearest what?
1/4 pound or 1/4 inch

What three things must happen when a soldier is determined to be overweight?
1. Weight reduction counseling by health care personnel
2. Entered into appropriate weight control program by unit commanders
3. Flagged under the provisions of AR 600-31

How often should soldiers be weighed?
A soldier should be weighed when they take the APFT or at least every six months

Tape measurements are measured to the nearest what?
1/4 inch

Define Tape Test:
The determination of percent of body fat on a soldier.

What circumference sites are used for taping male and female soldiers?
Male- Abdomen and Neck
Female- Neck, Forearm, Wrist and largest portion of the protruding buttock

How many times is each measurement required to be made?
Three times (if there is greater than 1/4" difference between the measurements, then continue measuring until you have three measurements within 1/4" of each other.)

How many people should be utilized in the taping of soldiers?
Two, one to place the tape measure and determine the measurements, the other to assure proper placement and tension of the tape, as well as to record the measurement on the worksheet

If circumstances prevent the weighing of soldiers immediately following the APFT, when can they be weighed?
They can be weighed any time within 30 days of the APFT

It is a requirement that all TDY and PCS orders contain what statement in regards to weight control?
"You are responsible for reporting to your next duty station/school in satisfactory condition, able to pass the APFT and meet weight standards."

In regards to percent body fat, all personnel are encouraged to achieve the more stringent Department of Defense-wide goal of what?
Males - 20%
Females - 26%

To assist soldiers in meeting the requirements prescribed in AR 600-9, weight-screening tables are used. The screening weight is based on what two considerations?
Height and age with separate tables for males and females

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