What Are Some Common Air Force Height and Weight Requirements?


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The minimum height and weight requirements to join the U.S. Air Force is 58 inches and 131 pounds while the maximum requirement is 80 inches and 250 pounds. These height and weight standards, tied to a maximum weight per height, apply to both males and females.

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Some difference is allowed for amount of body fat percentage between the two sexes. If over the weight requirements, candidates have the opportunity to lose the weight while in the Delayed Entry Program, eventually reporting to basic training at the appropriate weight if possible.

The Air Force has additional physical requirements for pilots and combat systems officers. The requirements are more strict due to the amount of room in the equipment used in these occupations. Pilots must be between 64 to 77 inches when standing and 34 to 40 inches when sitting, while combat systems officers are similarly between 64 to 77 inches standing and 33 to 40 inches sitting. They must weigh no more than 160 lbs if they are 64 inches tall or 231 lbs if they are 77 inches tall. Also, depending on their height, men must have no more than 20 to 24 percent body fat and women must have no more than 28 to 32 percent body fat.

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