How to Pass the Military Body Fat Tape Test


Things You'll Need

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Measurements of neck and stomach
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Entering the military is one of the biggest challenges of a young man's or woman’s life. Aside from the emotional sacrifice and challenge entering the military brings, one also must be in top physical strength to survive and thrive in the military. To ensure that enlistees and members are in top physical condition, candidates must pass the military's body fat tape test. This test consists of taking an individual’s height, weight, neck circumference and abdomen circumference and plugging the numbers into a formula to determine the person’s body fat percentage. The body fat requirements are, of course, different for males and females.

Step 1

Eliminate all sugar from your diet. Do not eat sweets or breads. Get the carbohydrates you need from fruits and vegetables.

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Step 2

Make sure you work out as hard as you possibly can for at least five to six days per week. Do a rigorous cardio activity for up to 60 minutes per day.

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Step 3

Drink as much water as you possibly can to flush out your system. A lot of times, by dramatically increasing the amount of water you drink each day, it helps you quickly lose weight and inches around your midsection. If you drink at least a gallon of water each day, you can lose up to five to ten pounds in a couple of days.

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Tips & Warnings

  • When it comes time for the test, and you’ve spent weeks dieting, exercising and drinking massive amounts of water, you may still be unsure as to whether or not you will pass. There are a couple of tricks you can try: Straighten and lift your neck in the air to make your neck appear thinner, and suck in your gut to make your stomach appear smaller. However, you must perform these actions proportionally, or it could make the results of the test go in a direction other than you desire. Do these two actions simultaneously by sucking your abs up to your chest, putting your shoulders back and lifting your neck straight up.


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