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Minimum weight?

martync06

Newbie
I applied to join the army and i was told that because i am only 8 stone i don't meet the minimum requirements and i need to put on 3kgs so they can progress my application, And after going on the army "arsse" forum i have been put off joining the army because of some people's nasty comments about my build, so now i am thinking of withdrawing my application to the army and applying to the navy, but before i do is there a minimum weight requirement for the navy?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
I think 8 stone is OK if you are 3' 2" :lol:

Martyn people aren't nasty! They are taking the p*ss, having a laugh! You will take a lot more when you are in the services believe me, we all take the piss out of each other, it's a way of life, a profession even, some people have made a career out of it.

I suspect that the health requirements for the RN are similar to the Army, ie it's not so much your weight that matters but your build. A trip to the careers office is in order.

By the way, the RN is way better than the pongo's
 

RM2PhD

MIA
So are they stopping slight young girls from joining, then? If not you might ask them why they have such a sexist policy. How old are you? When I went to join RM in 74 aged 17 I weighed about the same as you and only had a 31" chest! After I told him I ran x-country for Warwick the recruiting Stripey had me do a load of press ups and pull ups in the office and said "Fine. You're in". First time I put webbing on I barely had enough room on my belt for all my pouches lol. By the time I finished training I was an inch taller and much bigger around the chest. It's what you have up top and in your heart that counts. It's their loss. Go Royal or Navy.
 

martync06

Newbie
i am always up for a laugh, just not at my expense.. lol :razz:

I will phone the number on the website, see if they can tell me?
 

martync06

Newbie
RM2PhD said:
So are they stopping slight young girls from joining, then? If not you might ask them why they have such a sexist policy. How old are you? When I went to join RM in 74 aged 17 I weighed about the same as you and only had a 31" chest! After I told him I ran x-country for Warwick the recruiting Stripey had me do a load of press ups and pull ups in the office and said "Fine. You're in". First time I put webbing on I barely had enough room on my belt for all my pouches lol. By the time I finished training I was an inch taller and much bigger around the chest. It's what you have up top and in your heart that counts. It's their loss. Go Royal or Navy.

Thankyou for the encouragement, I am 22 The army just seems full of bully boys, gonna phone the local careers office on monday, withdraw my apllication to the army and apply to the navy if they don't have the same policy?
 

RM2PhD

MIA
Don't do that. Turn up at the recruiting centre and look them in the eye and stick your chin out. I once knew a guy in the SBS who was as skinny as a rake and short with it. And he was having to yomp with half a klepper on his back. He's a well known Yatchsman now. (Or he was about 10 years ago).
As for the humour, Chieftiff is right. And in pusser it will always be at your expense! That's the fun of it!
 

Six_and_a_Half

Lantern Swinger
They judge you on your Body Mass Index, I think its 20 as the minimum requirement? The AFCO there will be best to advise.

A handy trick I picked up for gaining weight before the medical. Weight Gain milkshakes from Boots. Taste awful but two of those a day plus your normal meals will put on a few pounds. Also a high protein and carbohydrate diet coupled with some visits to the gym should also help you build muscle which will add to your mass.

A bit more dastardly is the water drinking trick. According to the experts we all should be drinking eight glasses of water daily anyway. When you start drinking more you'll be going to the heads constantly until your body learns how to cope with the increased intake, and as a result will weigh more.

However, Chieftiff is right when he says you're going to need a good sense of humour as a matelot. Best advice is just to take it on the chin, its all meant in fun. Also, don't be afraid to dish out as good as you get! As long as its just banter there's no harm.
 

martync06

Newbie
Just did a B.M.I test online and it is at 17.9 or something, so i think i will be out of luck with the navy aswell. i will need to gain 3kgs to really stand a chance i think.

If it is the case then i will probably just stick with the army because i am further along in the application process with them, i will just have to build the weight.
 

UncleAlbert

War Hero
What about the Ghurkhas. They’re all little buggers but they excel in jungle warfare….I bet you’d be the biggest one there.

And after all the army is supposed to be an equal opportunities employer.


……
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I've just done the BMI on line, I'm 24 which is normal (mind you I had to lie and say I was 7'2" to get to that fig.) :oops: :shock: :oops:
 
Drink lots of water before the medical each litre is a kg. They seem to be more tolerant of under weight than over weight. Good luck
 
3 Kilos is nothing, get yourself on a decent weight gain powder and Hi carb Hi protein diet, do some heavy weights, nothing fancy, squats, Bench press, deadlift, barbell curls etc. Do it only 3 times a week, and do very little cardio. It should not be hard to stick on 3K, it will be better for you to get the extra weight from muscle than fat.
Good luck.
 

chris

Midshipman
RM2PhD said:
So are they stopping slight young girls from joining, then? If not you might ask them why they have such a sexist policy. How old are you? When I went to join RM in 74 aged 17 I weighed about the same as you and only had a 31" chest! After I told him I ran x-country for Warwick the recruiting Stripey had me do a load of press ups and pull ups in the office and said "Fine. You're in". First time I put webbing on I barely had enough room on my belt for all my pouches lol. By the time I finished training I was an inch taller and much bigger around the chest. It's what you have up top and in your heart that counts. It's their loss. Go Royal or Navy.

not like that anymore.

my medical a couple of days ago i was about 1kg under. to be honest, even if i was a world record marathon runner, my doc wouldnt have cared. "60 on the dot or you are temporarily unfit for service"

if people taking the mick gets to you, i think the forces as a whole isnt the best choice.
hell, the RM website openly states that you should expect piss taking over sympathy anyday.

also, the Royal marines have a minimum weight of 60kg, which is 9 stone 5 roughly. if your 8 stone now, thats quite a lot of weight to gain.
all weight should really be built up in muscle. especially for infantry type roles. fat will be a hinderance, not to mention you could lose that amount of weight between medical and RT, so you would still be snookered.
 

martync06

Newbie
I am looking at logistics in the army, and the recruiter told me i needed to gain 3kg but i want to gain a stone to be safe, I was advised to gain weight by using muscle not fat and not to do weights and he gave me an exercise programme to follow, gonna start that tomorrow.
 
What you need is reverse liposuction. I suggest Slim, myself and Nutty each loose 2kg of fat and you'll gain 6kg. That way we'll all be happy. :wink: :grin: :lol:
 
Always_a_Civvy said:
What you need is reverse liposuction. I suggest Slim, myself and Nutty each loose 2kg of fat and you'll gain 6kg. That way we'll all be happy. :wink: :grin: :lol:
Now now AAC, stop offering to inject your fat into young recruits !!! :twisted: :twisted:
 
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