Accession Number : AD1016679


Title :   Effects of Body Armor Fit on Marksmanship Performance


Descriptive Note : Conference Paper


Corporate Author : U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Natick


Personal Author(s) : Choi,Hyeg ; Mitchell,K ; Garlie,Todd ; McNamara,Jay ; Hennessy,Edward ; Carson,Jeremy ; Choi,Hyeg J ; Mitchell,K B ; Garlie,Todd ; McNamara,Jay ; Hennessy,Edward ; Carson,Jeremy


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1016679.pdf


Report Date : 01 Sep 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 18


Abstract : This study examines the effect of body armor fit on marksmanship performance. Specifically, (1) does wearing body armor affect marksmanship performance, and (2) does the fit of the armor affect marksmanship performance. Fifteen male Soldiers participated in a marksmanship performance task using a weapon simulator in four different body armor configurations (no armor, initial fit, increased and decreased size). Accuracy (closeness to target center), precision (shot group tightness), and speed (transition time) were measured. Accuracy and precision were not significantly different regardless of body armor fit. However, speed was degraded in the initial fit body armor size and the increased size configurations relative to the baseline and decreased size configurations. In other words, in the decreased size, Soldiers engaged targets as quickly as when not wearing body armor, indicating body armor fit may impede a Soldiers ability to transition between targets, thereby impacting mission performance.


Descriptors :   body armor , performance(human) , army personnel , marksmanship , targets , weapons , simulators , anthropometry , sizes(dimensions) , protective clothing , human factors engineering , protective equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE