Physical and Age Requirements of Soldiers in the British Army

ALL ARMS
Year Age Minimum Height Minimum Weight Chest Measurement
1861 17 - 25 5'-8" N/A 34"-36"
1868 17 - 25 5'-5" N/A 34"-36"
1869 17 - 25 5'-7" N/A 34"-36"
1870 17 - 25 5'-4" N/A 34"-36"
1871 18 - 25 5'-5" N/A 34"-36"
1878 18 - 25 5'-6" N/A 34"-36"
1880 18 - 25 5'-4" N/A 34"-36"
1883 18 - 25 5'-3" N/A 34"-36"
1884 18 - 25 5"-3" 115 lbs 34"-36"
1889 18 - 25 5'-4" 115 lbs 34"-36"
1900 18 - 25 5'-3" 115 lbs 34"-36"

 NOTE: Minimum chest measurements depended on the arm of service.

AGE AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOLDIERS IN THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS    

Trade Maximum Height Minimum Height Chest Measurement Age
Sappers 5'-10" 5'-6" 34" 18-25
Pontoon-men 5'-10" 5'-7" 35" 18-25
Boatmen 5'-10" 5'-4" 34" 18-25
Artisans 5'-10" 5'-5" 33" 18-25
Drivers 5'-10" 5'-4" 34" 18-25
NOTES:
1)  Artisans were an exception to the minimum 33" chest measurement.
2)  The minimum weight requirement for all arms was 115 pounds.

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