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

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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