Posted on Apr 17, 2014
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I have seen Soldiers who have lost a tremendous amount of weight to complete basic and to meet AR 600-9.  The result was that there was extra skin that will never go away.  Should the army find away to take this into account during the taping process?  Should the individual or the Army take the bill to have it removed?  Keep in mind that these Soldiers lost this weight for the Army and the Army is saying thanks but no thanks.  Let the debate begin!!!!! 
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I believe that if a Soldier has lost that much weight in order to comply with Army standards, the Army should pick up the tab to have it removed. Similar to other surgeries that the Army will cover, it would greatly benefit the Soldier, in addition to making the tape process far more accurate.
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SPC Jessica Ellenbeck
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I’m totally with you on this one because I lost 100lbs before enlisting in 2009. I got down to 150lbs and came 1inch to lose in my waist. I was very fit for duty and could carry 220 dead weight. When it came to my re-enlist date I of course wasn’t allowed because I didn’t meet tape. I was young and it never crossed my mind to mention a more accurate BMI alternative then. So I just did my time and got out. I wish at least I could have known to mention it to my command and I totally beat myself up for not. Or even thinking to do elective surgery. I mean there were women getting breast augmentations left in right. Why not skin removal.
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SFC Royce Williams
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Nice question. Glad you brought it up. I had a couple of Soldiers while on the trail that had the same issue. They came in extremely heavy and left fit with lots of sagging skin. I believe the Army should foot the bill. It just makes sense.
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