ANTHROPOMETRIC SURVEY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
ROWLAND AND CO HADDONFIELD NJ
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Anthropometric and equipment evaluation surveys of the military personnel of the Republic of Korea were conducted between May and November of 1965. Body measurements and equipment evaluation data were obtained on a series of 3,747 men 3,249 Army, 190 Air Force, 141 Navy, and 167 Marine. Fifty-nine body measurement and twenty equipment evaluation measures were made on each individual. Procedures and supporting equipment were developed during the course of the project which permitted the collection of more data with greater accuracy in less time and with greater statistical interpretability than in any other anthropometric survey of record. Of the 59 body measurements taken from Korean soldiers, 39 were directly comparable with data which had been previously collected from U. S. troops. The differences between means of the two samples were statistically significant for 30 of the measures. The means of data from U. S. troops exceeded those of Korean soldiers on 33 of the measures, indicating larger physical size in almost all dimensions. Korean troops expressed themselves on the question Insofar as fit is concerned, the equipment supplied by the U. S. Army is ..... on a seven-point continuum ranging from excellent to very poor. Respondents filled out a questionnaire containing general statements described above as well as more specific items relating to grasping, reaching, and positioning the equipment insofar as comfort and effectiveness were concerned. Subjects rated the smaller, lighter equipment favorably with respect to ease of handling, and reported considerable difficulty using larger weapons and equipment.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems