HEIGHT/WEIGHT & PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS
Compliance with Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and height/weight standards is a requirement for all active duty personnel. Failure to pass the APFT and meet height/weight standards is a personnel issue and adverse actions resulting from this may be imposed. However, failure to comply with these standards should not be used by program directors as the sole justification to prevent academic advancement or deny graduation from training.
Program directors must provide residents with the time and assistance to address physical fitness and weight issues. Residents should be counseled on the potential consequences of noncompliance and supported in their efforts to meet standards. Documentation of compliance is done on the resident�s annual OER.
Failure to pass the APFT and/or meet height/weight standards does not relieve physicians of the requirement to complete their active duty service obligation. Those who do not complete GME may be utilized as general medical officers or in other military capacities; they will not be involuntarily separated from active duty until they complete their obligated service.
Offers of residency and fellowship training may be withdrawn by the MEDCOM Directorate of Medical Education by 30 June of each year if a resident selected for further GME by the Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board does not pass the APFT.
Army height/weight standards are contained in Army Regulation 600-9, The Army Weight Control Program. Access this regulation via the following website: http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/index.html.
Army physical fitness standards are discussed in Field Manual 21-20, Physical Fitness Training. Access this manual via the following website: http://www.army.mil/usapa/doctrine/Active_FM.html.