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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Weight Requirements.

Tuesday, 25 January 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 1

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Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan Zoom on Richie Ryan asked the Minister for Defence whether there are weight requirements for Army personnel; and, if so, if he will give details of them [40] and of the authority for them, and details of any recently issued directives or recommendations thereon.

Mr. Hilliard: Information on Michael Hilliard Zoom on Michael Hilliard Defence Force Regulations prescribe that officers and men of the Defence Forces shall be classified into medical categories according to their physical efficiency as determined by, among other things, their constitution. In November, 1965, the Director, Army Medical Corps, issued a table of ages, heights and weights for the guidance of Army Medical Officers in assessing the constitutions of members of the permanent Defence Force at annual medical examinations. I propose, a Cheann Comhairle, with your permission, to circulate a copy of the table in the Official Report.

When issuing the table, the Director suggested that any member found to exceed by 12½ per cent his appropriate weight in accordance with the table, should be placed in Army medical category D, that is, the category of those who are temporarily unfit, and that his case should be reviewed after two months.

Following is the statement:—

Heights and Weights (lbs.)—Men

(Clothing with Shoes, less Tunic)

Age 5' 5" 5' 6" 5' 7" 5' 8" 5' 9" 5' 10" 5' 11" 6' 0"
20 132 136 140 144 148 152 156 161
22 135 139 142 146 150 154 158 163
24 137 141 144 148 152 156 160 165
26 138 142 146 150 154 158 163 168
28 139 134 147 151 155 158 164 170
30 140 144 148 152 156 161 166 172
32 141 145 149 154 158 163 168 174
34 142 146 150 155 160 165 170 176
36 143 147 151 156 161 166 171 177
38 144 148 152 157 162 167 173 179
40 145 149 153 158 163 168 174 180
42 146 150 154 159 164 169 175 181
44 147 151 155 160 165 170 176 182
46 148 152 156 161 166 171 177 183
48 148 152 156 161 166 171 177 183
50 148 152 156 161 166 171 177 183
52 149 153 157 162 167 172 178 184
54 149 153 158 163 168 173 178 184

Reference: 9 stone=126 lbs. 12 stone=168 lbs.

10 ,, = 140 ,, 13 ,, = 182 ,,

11 ,, = 154 ,, 14 ,, = 196 ,,

15 stone = 210 lbs.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Are there any similar arrangements for Dáil Deputies?


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