Commentary | Aug. 30, 2021

Body Composition Program fully resumes October

By Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allyson E.T. Conroy, MyCG Staff

As announced earlier this year military members can expect the Body Composition Program to fully resume this fall. While the requirements for military members to meet Body Composition Standards has remained unchanged during the pandemic, the administrative consequences were placed on hold. That hold is being lifted beginning Oct. 1, 2021.

We know this can be a little daunting for some people, so we want to offer a couple of resources to help alleviate potential stress. 

  • Find information on a variety of health subjects like nutrition, exercise, and dietary supplements at the Human Performance Resource Center website.
  • Find weight management resources on the Office of Work-Life Programs website
  • Contact CG SUPPORT for health coaching: 855-CGSUPRT (855-247-8778) or www.CGSUPRT.com

If you feel that you may not be in compliance with the Body Composition Policy in October, please talk with your command or your supervisor who should be able to assist you to find medical health and wellness resources to achieve compliance. 

While the Body Composition Program will fully resume in October, Rear Adm. Eric Jones, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, says the “cornerstone of personal readiness is health and well-being.” He goes on to say that in an effort the service is working to update the Weight and Body Fat Standards Program – the Body Composition Policy – “to meet Coast Guard program objectives of meeting the organization’s operational needs and challenges, maintaining healthy weight and body fat percentage, and presenting a sharp professional military appearance.”

Jones goes on to say that the service is taking the initiative to review the Weight and Body Fat Standards based on feedback from the RAND Women’s Retention Study and Holistic Analysis, input from the field, and benchmarks from the Department of Defense (DoD) services. 

Remember, if you feel that you may need extra help to meet the Body Composition policy, please talk with your supervisor, reach out to your primary care provider, or visit any of the resources mentioned above. 

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