The tape test is the only DOD-approved method of measuring body fat for members of the military.
But some say it is inexact (which the Marine Corps acknowledges) and that it is unfair to large Marines who have an excellent appearance but run the risk of ending up in the body composition program for exceeding height and weight standards for their age groups.
This week’s cover discusses this issue through the case of Sgt. Joshua Legier, 28, who at 6-feet 3-inches tall and 246 pounds exceeds his weight limit for his height.
He got even bigger when he was on deployment in Afghanistan last year and barely made the tape test when he got back.
Also in this week’s issue: the equipment YOU and your buddies helped identify for use by individual infantrymen and what the Marine Corps is buying next at your suggestion.
And, read a special report on 10 troops who should have gotten the Medal of Honor for what they did in the war zone — including three Marines.