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Army Weight Control Program Glossary

Section I Abbreviations

AD: active duty

ADS: active duty support

ADT: active duty for training

AGR: Active Guard/Reserve

APFT: Army Physical Fitness Test

ARNG: Army National Guard

AWCP: Army Weight Control Program

CG: commanding general

CNGB: Chief, National Guard Bureau

DA: Department of the Army

DODI: Department of Defense instruction

ETS: expiration term of service

HRC: Human Resources Command

IRR: Individual Ready Reserve

MACOM: major Army command

MEB: medical evaluation board

NCO: noncommissioned officer

PCS: permanent change of station

PEB: physical evaluation board

RC: Reserve Component

TDY: temporary duty

TPU: troop program unit

TRADOC: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

USAR: U.S. Army Reserve

Section II Terms

Body composition: The human body is composed of two major elements: lean body mass (which includes muscle, bone, and essential organ tissue) and body fat. Body fat is expressed as a percentage of total body weight that is fat. For example, an individual who weighs 200 pounds and 18 percent body fat has 36 pounds of fat. Women generally have a higher percentage of body fat than men because of genetic and hormonal differences; thus, body fat standards differ among men and women by age groups.

Health care personnel: Trained physicians (military or civilian employees or contract personnel), physician’s assistants, registered nurses, dieticians, and physical/occupational therapists under supervision of the unit surgeon or the commander of the medical treatment facility. For the purpose of this regulation, this term includes personnel of U.S. forces and host nations.

Overweight: A Soldier is considered overweight when his or her percent body fat exceeds the standard specified in paragraph 3–1c of this regulation.

Professional military or civilian schooling: This includes all individual training courses beyond initial entry training. It does not include unit training involving crews and teams. Initial entry training includes basic branch course or equivalent for officers; warrant officer entry course for nonprior service personnel; and basic training, advanced individual training,, one station unit training, and one station training for enlisted personnel.

Satisfactory progress: Progressing toward a point to meet the body fat standards described in paragraph 3–1c. Weight loss of 3 to 8 pounds per month is required for satisfactory progress.

Weight control: An individual program by which each Soldier attains and maintains an acceptable weight and body composition through self-motivation or involvement in an official weight control program.

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