Medical Certification

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.

 

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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

BMI PACKAGE