Coast Guard Ditches Body Weight Standards for Measurement in New Pilot Program

Coast Guard women fail weight standards far more often than men and are discharged at rates well in excess of their population in the service, service officials said Tuesday.

That’s one of the main reasons behind a new one-year pilot program that will assess fitness based on abdominal circumference rather than a height-and-weight ratio. Announced on Tuesday, the program will begin Oct. 1, Coast Guard officials said.

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