Accession Number : ADA258526
Title : THE Amphibious Assault: How Fit Are Our Marines for the Mission?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 5 Aug 91-5 Jun 92,
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
Personal Author(s) : McLean, II, John E
Report Date : 05 Jun 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 130
Abstract : This study investigates the use of the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) in relation to the Corps' primary mission of amphibious operations. The idea discussed is that while the PFT is assumed to be an adequate measure of general fitness, it bears little relation to the tasks expected of Marines operating in an amphibious environment. In the study, a model of an amphibious operation coupled with additional research resulted in construction of a taxonomy of physical tasks common to amphibious operations. Sample PFT scores were then compared to representative taxonomy event scores to discern statistical relationships. The results of the study explain that although the PFT may be an effective measure of fitness, it fails to adequately replicate some tasks found in the taxonomy. Extrapolation of this evidence suggests that the PFT may not adequately test the kinds of physical activities present in amphibious operations. The study indicates that exclusive reliance on the PFT to ensure that Marines are physically prepared for amphibious operations may not be appropriate.
Descriptors : *PHYSICAL FITNESS , TEST AND EVALUATION , ENVIRONMENTS , AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS , TAXONOMY , EXTRAPOLATION , MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , CONSTRUCTION , MISSIONS
Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE