Army extends timeline for postpartum Soldiers to meet body fat standards
A change in Army policy will give postpartum Soldiers up to a year to meet body fat standards. It is retroactive to those currently flagged and entered into the body composition program if they are within the 181-to-365 day window. (U.S. Army Photo) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON - The Army recently announced an exception to policy that extends the timeline from 180 days to one year for postpartum Soldiers to meet body fat standards in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9, “The Army Body Composition Program.”

Soldiers will not be entered into the ABCP or face adverse administrative actions during this timeframe. The policy is retroactive to those currently flagged and entered into the program if they are within the 181-to-365 day window.

“I encourage all leaders to proactively provide education and resources to these Soldiers to help them regain their individual readiness,” advised Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston.

Dr. James A. Helis who heads up the Army Resilience Directorate said, “Leaders should ensure nutrition counseling, weight management and behavior modification resources are available to the Soldier.”

Army Wellness Centers and medical treatment facilities offer a range of advice and assistance, including informal body fat assessments and education, to help Soldiers maintain optimal body composition through healthy eating, sleep and physical fitness activities. The AWC at Fort Lee can be contacted at 804-734-9255.

This exception to policy applies to regular Army, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.