Attitudes of Troops in the Pacific
Abridgement of research repts.
ROWLAND AND CO HADDONFIELD NJ
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Data were compiled to determine the effects of tropical operations on opinions and attitudes of the soldier regarding food, clothing, and equipment. Three groups, both combatant and non-combatant, from Panama, Okinawa, and Hawaii, participated. The objective was to obtain, summarize and suggest uses for this information for more effective military operations in the tropics. Items of clothing and equipment developed for a tropic environment were regarded as generally acceptable. Overall, foods were acceptable with quality preferred over quantity. Cooperation or uncooperation in responses was linked to factors of age, education, rank, time in the Army, and combat experience. The Panama group rated the highest in most of these categories. Other variables included water, climate, insects, entertainment and family associations. Specific conclusions are listed regarding methodology and equipment.
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