Active Duty Weight Control
Army Weight Control Program (AWCP)
Service Members who exceed the Army’s height/weight standards and incur a "flag" on their records must be referred to the Army Weight Control Program (AWCP). Per AR-600-9, both the Service Member and unit must follow the steps below to ensure that active service members eventually meet height-weight standards. The steps are as follows:
- The Service Member is counseled to notify him or her of the AWCP per the AWCP Notification Letter. Provide the Soldier with the 6 memoranda of endorsement.
- The Service Member signs the 1st Endorsement acknowledging that a loss of 3-8 pounds per consecutive month over 6 months defines good standing.
- The 2nd Endorsement notifies the Service Member to report to the primary care manager (PCM) to assess for a medical condition that may cause weight gain. This may be done through normal sick-call procedures.
- The PCM identifies on the 3rd Endorsement if the Service Member has a medical condition that may cause weight gain despite the Soldier's efforts to maintain weight standards. The PCM signs the memorandum for the Soldier to submit to the unit commander.
- The PCM orders a consult for an appointment with a Registered Dietitian at a SAMMC if a medical condition exists. If no medical condition has been found, then the consult should specify enrollment in the AWCP weight management classes (ArmyMOVE) for active duty personnel.
- The ArmyMOVE two-part weight management classes are for active duty Service Members and taught at the Ft. Sam Houston Clinic over two separate group appointments.
- The 4th Endorsement notifies the Service Member of the obligation to attend weight management classes for diet and exercise guidelines that promote weight loss safely until the Service Member meets service branch height/weight standards.
- The 5th Endorsement is signed by the Registered Dietitian confirming the Service Member's completion of instruction to promote weight loss with diet and exercise.
- The 6th Endorsement documents the lifting of the flag when the Service Member falls within the Army height-weight standards, and is forwarded to the Military Personnel Officer to remain in the Soldier's record for 36 months.