Body Fat Calculator
In June 2023, the Army announced a new Army Body Fat Circumference-Based Tape Test and supplemental body fat assessment. This new calculator provides a more accurate assessment of body fat.
A Soldier who fails the first one-site tape test may use the previous multiple-site body fat tape test for their confirmation tape test for 12 months from the date of Army Directive 2023-11. After 12 months, the one-site tape test is the only authorized circumference-based tape method.
Should a Soldier fail both versions of the tape test, they may request a supplemental body fat assessment via the DXA, InBody 770 or The Bod Pod®, if reasonably available. If a Soldier does not request a supplemental body fat assessment or fails the assessment, they will be referred to the Army Weight Control Program.
Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
The DXA uses dual low-power X-ray beams that can accurately differentiate between bone mineral, lean mass and fat mass. During the test, patients lay on the flat DXA table, and a scanning arm extends over them to deliver the X-ray.
InBody 770 Body Composition and Body Water Analyzer
The InBody 770 sends multiple mild electrical currents through the body, resulting in up to six different impedance readings that calculate body fat, muscle and water.
The Bod Pod® Body Composition Tracking System
The Bod Pod® Body Composition Tracking System uses air displacement plethysmography (ADP) to determine the body’s fatty mass to lean mass ratio. It is the only authorized ADP for use with the supplemental body fat assessment right now. This system is as accurate as hydrostatic (underwater) weighing, but quicker and easier to perform. The range of error for this test is +/- 2.7 percent.