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What Army Regulation covers the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP)?
AR 600-9
What is the primary objective of the ABCP?
To ensure all Soldiers achieve and maintain optimal well-being and performance under all conditions
What are the secondary objectives of the ABCP?
  1. Assist in establishing and maintaining
    1. Operational readiness
    2. Physical fitness
    3. Health
    4. Professional military appearance
  2. Establish body fat standards
  3. Assist counseled personnel in meeting the ABCP standards
What must a soldier maintain to meet mission requirements?
High level of physical readiness
Body composition is one indicator of physical readiness that is associated with an individual’s—
  1. Fitness
  2. Endurance
  3. Overall health
What do individuals with desirable body fat percentages generally exhibit?
  1. Increased muscular strength and endurance
  2. Less likely to sustain injury from weight bearing activity
  3. Are more likely to perform at an optimal level
Who is responsible for meeting the standards prescribed in AR 600-9?
Each Soldier (commissioned officer, warrant officer, and enlisted)
What is the only authorized method of estimating body fat?
Circumference-based tape method
When is a body fat assessment not required?
Soldiers does not exceed the authorized screening table weight for their age and measured height
A minimumum of how many days between APFT and weigh-in must be considered to ensure the ABCP does not interfere with Soldier performance on the APFT?
7 days between APFT and weigh-in, if feasible
When are Soldiers exempted from the program?
  1. Soldiers with major limb loss
  2. Pregnant and postpartum Soldiers
  3. Soldiers who undergone prolonged hospitalization for 30 continuous days or greater
  4. New recruits
What happens if a Soldier is identified exceeding body fat standard?
Soldier is flagged and enrolled in the ABCP
While enrolled, Soldiers will be provided exercise guidance by who?
Unit master fitness trainer and/or unit fitness training NCO IAW FM 7–22
When notification counseling is issued to a Sodlier, they will be flagged to include these ramifications:
  1. Nonpromotable
  2. Will not be assigned to command, CSM, or 1SG positions
  3. Not authorized to attend military schools and institutional training courses
  4. Enrolled in the ABCP effective immediately
While enrolled in ABCP, the Soldier—
  1. Must complete and return their Soldier Action Plan to the commander within 14 days of the notification counseling
  2. Is required to meet with a dietitian or health care provider within 30 days of enrollment
  3. Must participate in unit monthly ABCP assessments to document their progress
  4. May request education and coaching on obtaining and maintaining optimal body composition
  5. May request a medical examination if there is reason to believe that there is an underlying medical condition that may be the direct cause of weight gain or the direct cause of the inability to lose weight or body fat.
When is a medical evaluation required?
  1. The Soldier is reassigned to the transition point for separation
  2. The separation or retention authority retains the Soldier.
  3. Until all actions are completed
    1. Requested by the unit commander
    2. Requested by the Soldier
    3. Soldier is being considered for separation for failure to make satisfactory progress in the ABCP
    4. Soldier is within 6 months of expiration term of service after the initiation of a bar to continued service for failure to make satisfactory progress in the ABCP
What is the timeframe for soldiers to undergo treatment due to temporary medical conditions?
6 months from the initial medical evaluation date. An extension of up to 12 months may be granted if more time is needed.
The health care provider will refer the Soldier to a medical evaluation board if—
The Soldier's medical condition does not meet medical retention standards
Commanders will conduct ABCP assessment to measure Soldier progress every—
Every 30 days (approximately)
To ensure compliance with ABCP assessment, Soldiers will be screened every-
6 months, at minimum
Satisfactory progress in the ABCP is defined as a monthly weight loss of either:
  1. Loss of 3 to 8 pounds
  2. Or, loss of 1% body fat
When is a Soldier released from the program?
If the Soldier meets the body fat standard IAW AR 600-9
What are the maximum allowable percent body fat standards according to gender and age?
Age Group 17 to 20 21 to 27 28 to 39 40 and older
Male (% body fat) 20% 22% 24% 26%
Female (% body fat) 30% 32% 34% 36%

Terms List

1: What Army Regulation covers the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP)?
2: What is the primary objective of the ABCP?
3: What are the secondary objectives of the ABCP?
4: What must a soldier maintain to meet mission requirements?
5: Body composition is one indicator of physical readiness that is associated with an individual’s—
6: What do individuals with desirable body fat percentages generally exhibit?
7: Who is responsible for meeting the standards prescribed in AR 600-9?
8: What is the only authorized method of estimating body fat?
9: When is a body fat assessment not required?
10: A minimumum of how many days between APFT and weigh-in must be considered to ensure the ABCP does not interfere with Soldier performance on the APFT?
11: When are Soldiers exempted from the program?
12: What happens if a Soldier is identified exceeding body fat standard?
13: While enrolled, Soldiers will be provided exercise guidance by who?
14: When notification counseling is issued to a Sodlier, they will be flagged to include these ramifications:
15: While enrolled in ABCP, the Soldier—
16: When is a medical evaluation required?
17: What is the timeframe for soldiers to undergo treatment due to temporary medical conditions?
18: The health care provider will refer the Soldier to a medical evaluation board if—
19: Commanders will conduct ABCP assessment to measure Soldier progress every—
20: To ensure compliance with ABCP assessment, Soldiers will be screened every-
21: Satisfactory progress in the ABCP is defined as a monthly weight loss of either:
22: When is a Soldier released from the program?
23: What are the maximum allowable percent body fat standards according to gender and age?