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Service-specific Programs

The links under the tabs below are service-specific programs to assist Warfighters and their families in maintaining overall health and body weight.

Joint Services

Joint Services

Body Fat Comparisons By Service [PDF]
One integral component of fitness assessment in all of the Armed Service is body composition, which is a measure of the amount of a person's body fat. The DoD's Instruction Number 1308.3 established certain minimum standards for the various service branches, with a certain amount of leeway for the various services as to their acceptable body compositions for various age groups.

Health and Wellness Coaching
Military OneSource offers interactive online weight-loss tools for adult and teen military beneficiaries from all services. This program also features a personal health coach you can contact by telephone or online. The program does require registration for access

Healthy Weighs
This self-paced program from Health Net Federal Services includes six sessions and a variety of options for weight management.

Military Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (m-NEAT)
This tool enables health-promotion professionals, commanders, and other stakeholders to assess how well the community is doing at making healthier options accessible.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) developed this national weight-management program for Veterans. Using goals and a stepped-level approach, the MOVE! Program provides resources and guidance on nutrition and physical activity, including an extensive selection of brochures.

Warfighter Nutrition Guide Chapter 2 – “Balancing the Energy Tank”
This chapter from the Warfighter Nutrition Guide is dedicated to strategies for balancing energy needs to achieve the appropriate fighting weight.  

Navy & Marine Corps

Navy calisthenics

All-Navy Sports Nutrition
The All-Navy Sports program provides science-based information on nutrition, weight management, and hydration for specific sports, including cross-country events, marathons, and weight-class sports such as wrestling and boxing.

Fitness, Sports and Deployed Forces Support
The Nutrition section of this Navy website provides information that will keep service members and their families well fueled, including the Mission Nutrition course, a “Making Weight” guide from All-Navy Sports, the Navy Nutrition Resource Guide, Single Soldier Grocery List, nutrition information for children, and more.

MCO 6110.3A Marine Corps Body Composition and Military Appearance Program (MCBCMAP)
This 2016 document outlines the Marine Corps body composition and military appearance program, including procedures, tables, and assignment processes.

NOFFS Fueling Series
The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series offers handouts and a meal-builder system involving five concepts: Eat Clean, Eat Often, Hydrate, Recover, and Mindset. The goal is to utilize the five concepts so Sailors will have adequate energy to perform their jobs effectively.

Semper Fit and Recreation
The Marine Corps’ Semper Fit and Recreation program provides information and services to promote health and fitness for Marines and their families.

The BUMED-approved weight management program. This official Navy intensive weight management program, also used by the Marine Corps, is available to active-duty personnel as well as family members and retirees who exceed healthy body weight or have weight-related health problems.


Army Weight Management Guide
This April 2013 booklet from the U.S. Army Public Health Command is defined to help Soldiers understand and comply with the Army’s requirements for a healthy body weight. It includes dietary recommendations and information on available weight-loss programs and resources.

The Army Body Composition Program [PDF]
This document establishes the policies and procedures for implementing the Army Weight Control Program, along with guidance for body-fat standards.

The Army Body Composition Program FAQs [PDF]
These FAQs provide answers to common questions and concerns regarding the Army’s weight control program and current weight standards.

Army MOVE! Online Weight Management Program
An eight-week online weight management program, Army MOVE! is available to Soldiers, family members, retirees, and DA civilians. The website includes a variety of self-help tools and resources to manage weight through a healthy diet, behavior, and physical activity. Note: Requires AKO/DKO account.

Soldier Fueling Initiative & Go for Green Program
The Joint Culinary Center of Excellence website offers nutrition education, menu development, product selection, and preparation and serving standards utilized in the Soldier Fueling Initiative to improve readiness and increase Soldier fitness and performance.

The “Go for Green” nutrition labeling system provides Warfighters with a quick assessment of the nutritional value of menu offerings and food products in dining facilities. The menu offerings and food items are labeled green (eat often), amber (eat occasionally), and red (eat rarely) according to the impact the food can have on a Warfighter’s performance.

Air Force

Air Force runnersAF Fitness Program and BE WELL (Balanced Eating, Workout Effectively, Living Longer)
The AF Fitness Program has four scoring factors in its fitness test, which is given two times/year. Airmen who fail their PT test are automatically signed up for BE WELL, although it is also open to those who want to improve their overall health. This one-time class focuses on behavioral changes for personal fitness, healthy eating, and weight goals.

USAF Living Fit: Nutrition 101
This Air Force FitFamily website provides healthy recipes and nutrition information. Air Force families register to log in to areas of the website where you can learn more for you and your family, keep track of personal fitness goals, get recipes and meal plans, and more.

Coast Guard

Coast GuardWeight Management Program
For members who want to lose, maintain, or gain weight, this program offers nutrition education and intervention methods that focus on Coast Guard weight standards.