USARPAC Inspector General advises of changes to body composition program

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Women's hip composition

Women’s hip composition

Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Pierre
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Army-Pacific

According to the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP), commanders have the authority to direct a body fat assessment on any Soldier who they determine does not present a Soldierly appearance, regardless of whether or not the Soldier exceeds the screening table weight for his or her measured height.

With recent changes to the program and its name, there’s a lot of information that Soldiers may not know.

While not addressed specially in the regulation, the U.S. Army-Pacific Inspector General recommends that commanders maintain a memorandum for record verifying the individuals trained in proper height, weight and body circumference methodology to assess body fat composition.

Furthermore, the USARPAC IG recommends that commanders maintain a memorandum for record verifying the calibration of scales and tape measures.

The Army Body Composition Program

The U.S. Army-Pacific Inspector General wants to emphasize the following:

•Specific timelines for initiating a flag and additional requirements can be found in Table 3-1 of AR 600-9. Examples of ABCP counseling, notification, memorandums and the Soldier Action Plan are provided in AR 600-9, Chapter 3.

Men's waist composition

Men’s waist composition

•In order to ensure the ABCP does not interfere with Soldier performance on the APFT, commanders and supervisors are encouraged to allow a minimum of seven days between APFT and weigh-in, if feasible (para. 3-4b).

•The designated unit fitness training NCO or master fitness trainer will train other command designated NCOs in proper height, weight and body circumference methodology to assess body fat composition (para. 2-18c). Soldiers will be measured by trained individuals of the same gender (para. 3-4c).

•Scales used for weight measurement will be calibrated annually (para. B-2b), and tape measures will be made of nonstretchable material, which will be compared with a yardstick or metal ruler to ensure validity (para. B-1e).

•Commanders will forward a complete ABCP file to the gaining unit on each Soldier who conducts a PCS and is flagged for noncompliance with body fat standards (para. 2-16d).

•This regulation, dated June 28, 2013, supersedes AR 600-9, dated Nov. 27, 2006, para. 3-2d.

IG on the Web

Additional USARPAC IG informative topics can be viewed at https://intranet1.usarpac.army.mil/staff/ig/Pages/default.aspx. (CAC access required.)

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