Today, I want to give you some advice on what to do if you fail your Height Weight test in the Army. With the obesity epidemic spreading throughout our society, and even into the Army ranks, obesity has become a significant problem in the Army, especially in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard.
Look across any USAR or ARNG unit and you will typically find that at least 10 percent of the Soldiers fail their Height Weight standards. In some units it’s even worse. And there are many overweight Soldier that barely pass the Height Weight test and are very close to failing.
If you fail the Height Weight standard, bad things can happen to you. You can get discharged from the military, FLAGGED, your bonus can be recouped, and you can even miss out on schools and promotions. I don’t want this to happen you. Obviously, you need to be proactive and stay in shape.
However, if you are ever in a situation where you fail/failed the Army Height Weight test, there are some simple things you can do to redeem yourself and get back in shape.
# 1 Accept Responsibility – We live in a society of victims, even in the Army. Until you accept responsibility for your own shortcomings, not much good will happen. You have to look yourself in the mirror and do a gut check. You have to realize and accept that the buck stops with you. It’s your responsibility to get in shape. It’s your fault you failed the Height Weight Standards. Man up or woman. Let your supervisor and commander know that you messed up, but will get back on track quickly.
# 2 Get Help – The next thing you need to do is educate yourself and get help. Obviously, you have a problem with eating too much, not eating right, and/or not exercising enough. You might want to enroll in the Army’s FIT-P Program or consult with a nutritionist or trainer. Meet with someone who is and expert on nutrition and exercise, so you can learn what you need to do to lose weight.
# 3 Come Up with a Plan – Once you meet with an expert, you need to develop a game plan. It should be a written plan on what you will do to lose weight and get back in shape. The plan should have clear goals and a list of things you need to do each day, week and month to drop those extra pounds. Your plan must be realistic and attainable.
# 4 Stay Disciplined and Follow Through – The last step, which is the hardest step for most people is to stay disciplined and follow through with your game-plan. Having the plan is just the starting point. What you need to do is reform your habits and do something every single day to get back in shape. I suggest you find an accountability partner that you can talk with each day and stay accountable.
# 5 Track Your Progress – You need to track your progress. Use a journal or spreadsheet and weight in frequently so you can ensure the weight is coming off. You will weigh in at your unit each month anyway. I suggest you track your progress on your own. This will let you know when you need to make adjustments.
People don’t get fat by accident. It is a process that happens over a period of time by not eating right and not exercising enough. In many cases, people get overweight by having bad eating and lifestyle habits. For you to lose the weight you need to form new, healthy habits. You also need to accept responsibility, get help, develop a plan, stay disciplined and track your progress. Do that and the weight should come off and you can be within Army standards again.
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