Accession Number : ADA479792


Title :   Civilian Fitness: A Readiness Enabler


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Perkins, Karen M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a479792.pdf


Report Date : 24 Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The expectation and value of Soldier fitness is inculcated in service culture from initial entry through retirement. Yet Army leaders very rarely emphasize the physical fitness of their civilian employees. The increasing operational tempo and pace of change drives the need for unprecedented readiness and adaptability by all members of the Total Army Force Structure. As part of this team, civilians, too, must be Army Strong. There is mounting evidence as to why the Army should do an about face with respect to civilian fitness and develop initiatives that achieve this end. Increasing obesity and decreasing physical activity in U.S. youth and adult populations signal a call for action. If predictions of the future materialize, one can expect to have more obese and less physically active employees working for longer periods of time. The resulting short- and long-term costs will impact funding for critical Army initiatives. This paper discusses numerous aspects of civilian fitness as an Army readiness enabler and addresses the links between fitness and workforce sustainability. It provides a business-case analysis of the advantages associated with this important aspect of human resources management and concludes with concrete recommendations, which if implemented, will result in a healthier Total Army force.


Descriptors :   *OPERATIONAL READINESS , *PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT , *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , *ARMY , *PHYSICAL FITNESS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , AWARENESS , OBESITY , ADAPTATION , MOTIVATION , MARKETING , LEADERSHIP , HUMAN RESOURCES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE