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Hello,
My daughter was going to leave for basic on May 22, 2009. The day she was supposed to leave and went for her physical she had gone from 102 pounds when originally enlisting to 99 pounds. The doc said she was too thin and would not let her leave. Not only would he not let her leave he said she had to gain 10 pounds. They gave her 40 days to gain the weight, 4 days for every pound. It is now July 23 and she has only been able to get to 107 at the most. And of course because she is a woman her weight fluctuates. She keeps getting the run around from the recruting office. Isn't there a way to get a medical waiver? They said they could not get her one. I honestly think they just are not trying.

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I just looked your question up in the Recruiting Manual for the Navy. The manual says " Underweight eligibility determinations are no longer required;however, MEPS Medical must screen applicants appearing to be underweight for disqualifying medical conditions having apparent underweight as a symptom."
What's your daughter's height, that could have something to do with it. I'm a Navy Recruiter by the way, and I'm in the Recruiting Manual right now, trying to look up why they would be saying this to your daughter.
She is 5'6. She was a swimmmer and a runner. She is built very lean. She eats more than a man but has a fast matabolisim. I went and talked to the head guy in the office and he said he understood and would talk to the doc but have still not been getting good answers. She weighs more now than she did when she went through her pre physical.
Can you tell me why my 6' 2" son who weighed 211 with 25% body fat had to go down to 22% before he could even do his fit testing etc.? This is getting to be a little bit obsured. I was informed that the Navy is @ 100% strong and that is why they are being so picky, this is not right.
My son started at 264 - he was a heavy weight wrestler in high school and got down to 230 when he went in. I figured at basic they would work him hard and he wouldn't have a issue - I talked with him yesterday and he has to get back on his strict diet to keep the weight off. I don't know why they are so hung up on this. My son is also 6'2' . Tell him good luck, he can do it.
My Daughter weighed 89 lbs before she left for boot camp and they made her gain 15 pounds before she left. I think that if they are over the hundred mark. My daughter is very wieght concious and even while she is at boot camp only eats veggies and dry cereal. I am not sure what her wieght is now that she is there. I would just tell her to do her best to keep her weight at at least 105 or so
They're probably concerned that she may have an eating disorder (whether it's true or not). They look at the tables to see what a healthy weight should be for a female of her height and if she's below that then they feel there must be something else going on. However, the medical staff at MEPS should screen her to determine if her low weight is due to metabolism or something else. If she's a swimmer and a runner she'll be well-muscled and muscle weighs more than fat. So her body fat ratio must be very low.
I agree that this is crazy. All the other branches of the service have stricter guidlines for weight. My daughter thought about joining the Air Force when this happened and the weight had to be 117 for her height. Then she thought about the National Guard and the same thing. My problem is that the Navy should not have let her even be in the DEPER progam when she was 102 to begin with. The recruiting office said that they did not have a minimum weight requiremnent until recently, saying it changed between the time she signed and the time she was to leave for Basic. They recently had a change in command at the office and when I talked with him (was the head recruiter for Texas) he thought this was crazy himself. I guess he has a meeting in Seattle and is going to try and get her through the system (so he says). In the meantime she is going to see a nutritionest and see is she can get her weight up. She really wants to go and is trying everything to make it happen. Thank you for your support.
My son also had this problem. He is a little over 6 foot tall and only weighed 130 pounds before BC. They told him that he needed to gain 20 pounds. He is also a swimmer and has little to no body fat and a very fast metabolism. Needless to say, he did not gain the weight, but was allowed to enter anyway. They gave him some kind of extra meal ration ticket during BC and he ate at least 2 peanut butter sandwiches at each meal along with his regular meal. He still did not gain any weight during boot camp, in fact, he lost some weight. That may be what they are concerned about with your daughter. If she has a high metabolism and doesn't weigh very much now, they may be concerned about weight loss during boot camp with all of the things that they do there.
My son had to drop ten pounds, but at 6'5" just squeaked under height limit.
My son had the opposite problem. When he initially enlisted he was 201 lbs. He is six feet tall but chubby in the middle. Since he was not in college anymore and worked in a restaurant he ate a lot and did not work out as much as he should have. Over the winter he gained 7 pounds. However when spring rolled around he went back to running and swimming. On the Monday before he left he was told by his recruiter that if he weighed more than his initial weight, 201lbs, he would not be allowed to go. Fortunately because he was working out again he was 201lbs when he weighed in. I am not sure what he would have done if he had been left behind. I think the emotional toll would have been devastating. Could he not have been given this information when he initially enlisted. What harm would it have done? He spent four days worried and scared. By the way I received a phone call two days ago and he now weighs 188lbs. He has two weeks until PIR and Iis hoping to continue to decrease his weight.
Don't worry...My son went in weighing 241 and came out of BC weighing 189. Lost 52 pds. Barely passed the run test by 8 sec. WHEW!!

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