How should the tape be aligned on the navel for an overweight weigh-in?
I detailed a SFC to conduct the taping with a "tape team." There was a question in regards to if one of the Soldiers was taped properly. I myself re-tapped the Soldier in question with the acting CSM watching. I aligned the bottom of the tape with the middle of the navel.
AR 600-9 Reads:
a. Abdomen. Measure abdominal circumference against the skin at the navel (belly button), level and parallel to the floor. Arms are at the sides. Record the measurement at the end of Soldier’s normal, relaxed exhalation. Round abdominal measurement down to the nearest 1⁄2 inch and record (for example, round 343⁄4 to 341⁄2).
The acting CSM called me out. He told me I was wrong. I turned to the reg, and it seems to me, this is a matter of interpretation as the reg tells you where to measure, but not which part of the tape has to go across.
I would have to say neither one of you are correct. Typically when there is a discrepancy of this nature you refer to the picture. In this case Figure B-7 shows the tape passing directly over the navel. Using the wording in the paragraph B-4 “measure…against the skin at the navel” and Figure B-7 it is apparent to me that the tape goes over the navel.
I believe you and the acting CSM are both trying to ensure Soldiers are treated fairly and according to regulatory guides. I would recommend a professional discussion on the matter and then whatever comes out of that discussion is the answer. If the he pulls rank, be humble and professional and execute his direction. Also execute it with a positive attitude. I would encourage you to make a memorandum for record that contains the details of the conversation and discussion in case you are later questioned by the CSM about taping procedures.
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