I served I the army for seven years. Last two were as a recruiter. So you know, the way the army calculates body fat is very old and skewed. Chances are you’re going to have to cut weight. The PT test is an extremely important part of service. Scoring low will get you a shitbag title and extra pt. Especially in any combat arms MOS. My last unit had a minimum score of 270. If you didn’t make that, extra pt.
Here’s my honest opinion. If the service is what you want, train for it. You don’t have to cut out lifting. But you should be training for the pt test hard. Do what you need to get in. Once you’re in you’ll see there’s quite a lot of people that lift. Getting in is very hard. Put your focus on that. Check the height/weight chart for your desired branch. Once you’re in you can get back to your PL goals. Its not so bad if you bust tape while in(considering your pt scores are good). Leadership won’t turn a blind eye to height/weight standards, but will be more lenient.
Here’s an example. I had a platoon sergeant that was a beast of a man. Maybe 5’8" over 200lbs. All muscle. Could out pt my entire battalion. But he would bust tape every time. Had he not been such a pt stud or just all around great soldier he would have been discharged. Last I heard he was trying out for delta. Never heard of him since so I figure he got in.
Here’s the bottom line (which a whole lot of people don’t understand), you conform to the military, not the other way around. And the last thing you want is an injury from training just before getting in. If you’ve got any specific questions shoot me a pm. Most of my friends are still active so I could find out any of the updated standards. Good luck. Serving my country will always be my greatest accomplishment.