Is there a weight limit for joining t...

Is there a weight limit for joining the CG?

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Lake Jackson, TX

#1 Jan 7, 2010
My son is considering joining the Coast Guard. An issue he is concerned about is his weight. He is 5'-5" tall and weighs 96 pounds. This isn't a joke. He is very skinny but not unhealthy. Any feedback is appreciated.
AMT3 Gonzales

Miami, FL

#2 Jan 14, 2010
Yes there are weight standards. Recently the CG has gone to a Body-Mass Index system. Used to be that if you were "this" tall you couldn't weigh more than "this", now it's if you are "this" tall, your body fat can't be over "this" percentage. There are official weigh-ins twice a year. I don't believe there is a minimum weight limit. Have you talked to a recruiter? Every job is open to everyone. At my airstation we have a female rescue swimmer. Gender or size doesn't matter, as long as you dont exceed the limit. There are certain jobs in the CG that would be more inclined to have members with certain weights and body sizes, however, there is an established "weeding out" for every job. And the CG gives every member the opportunity to improve. At 5'5" and 96 pounds it may be hard to swim 200 yards in choppy waters with an unconscious 150-pounder. It may be difficult to wear law enforcement gear and take down a 200 pound drug smuggler with nothing to lose. But as I said before, as long as the desire is there, anything is possible. The CG will do everything in its power to help you succeed.
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#3 May 4, 2013
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