losing weight

The Air Force has very strict weight guidelines for entrance requirements. If you have been told that you need to lose a few pounds to join, here are some tips to help you achieve that goal.

Keep in mind that you have to be UNDER your MAX WEIGHT. The Air Force allows NO ROOM for anything at or above your MAX. In fact, most recruiters will only work with you if you are at least 5-10 pounds below your max. If your MAX WEIGHT is 191 and you are 190, while you may technically meet the requirements that allows no room for error. In the Air Force we strive to EXCEED expectations, not just MEET them. So, when your recruiter talks to you about weight, that’s the one time that don’t want to #AimHigh.

Before we continue, know that these are basic tips, I am not a nutritionist nor a personal trainer and offer these as helpful tips and that what you do is ultimately up to you. These tips are in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, or associated in any way with the United States Air Force or the Department of Defense.

  1. Nutrition. Watch what you eat. You can use something like myfitnesspal to track calories and make sure you are burning more calories than you are consuming.
  2. Fitness. Change it up. Start running and start working out. Get the heart rate up with cardio and lift heavy weights. Consult a personal trainer or coach. Don’t do it alone.
  3. Track your weight. Get a scale and monitor your progress.
  4. Download the Air Force Delayed Entry Program app and use the fitness programs that are designed to help people prepare for BMT.

Your recruiter can not train you or coach you through this, you must do the work on your own. Trust that you can do it if you really want it. We’ve had people lose almost 100 pounds to join the Air Force and you can too. Good luck!