Body Mass Index Calculation
The Coast Guard requires a Body Mass Index calculation on your physical exam form. If your BMI is 40 or above, you may be required to submit a letter from an occupational therapist or a physician stating that you have demonstrated performance of certain physical tasks, such as climbing ladders or pulling a fire hose over a distance. You may also be required to submit a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea, which is common complication for those who are obese.
The BMI formula is a simple combination of your height and weight, which is designed to provide valuable information concerning the health of an individual. The number determines whether or not you are at a healthy weight for your height or if you are overweight, obese or even underweight.
Medical Certification and Physical Exam Forms
NEW MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
INSTRUCTION GUIDE TO THE MERCHANT MARINER PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REPORT (CG-719K & K/E)
CG-719K MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL MEDICAL EVALUATION REPORT
NVIC 04-08 CHANGE 01 GUIDELINES
NVIC MEDICAL STANDARDS 04-08
NVIC GUIDE TO MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL EVAL