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A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF MANIFEST ANXIETY AND SITUATIONAL STRESS ON M-1 RIFLE FIRING
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The problem was to determine the relation of anxiety and stress to marksmanship proficiency, and the relation of anxiety to the effects of stress on marksmanship, soldiers scoring at the extremes of a scale of manifest anxiety were test fired on the M-1 rifle under normal and stress conditions. The firing procedure for normal conditions was substantially the same as in conventional record fire. The stress condition was similar but involved a series of explosions going off successively closer to the firer during firing. False instructions were given which stated that a charge directly in front of the firers position would be detonated eventually if the firer did not make three bullseyes in the time allotted.
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