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US Marine Corps Body Composition and Military Appearance Program (BCMAP) Study

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[Technical Report, Research Report]

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US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

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This report outlines the findings from an assessment of the BCMAP, intended to provide data and options for Marine Corps policies and standards. Body composition and fitness data was obtained from 2,175 volunteer Marines at three geographical locations. Women who failed the weight screen usually also failed percent body fat BF while 30 of men who failed weight met BF standards. Without the weight screen, an additional 9 of all men and 30 of all women would fail BCP. Screening weights had low correlation with BF and with PFT and CFT scores. Tape tests accurately categorized 91.5 of men and 92.1 women for BF standards 0.6 men, 6.3 women were overestimated and 7.9 men, 1.6 women were underestimated by tape compared to DXA. Average BF in four age groups of Marines represent a lean force men, 22.0 6.3 women, 29.8 6.6 by DXA, and well below national averages. Further research will evaluate alternative practical body composition assessment methods to help guide fitness behaviors and determine most appropriate BF and lean mass goals for optimized Marine Corps physical readiness.


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[A, Approved For Public Release]