Physiological Effects of Weather on Basic Trainees during Rifle Marksmanship Training.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Cyclical fluctuations in mean rifle marksmanship scores among units administering basic training give rise to a need to determine their cause. Because in many instances these fluctuations correlate strongly with seasonal changes in the weather this facet among the variables bearing on results obtained during qualification firing warrants investigation. This paper examines the qualification scores of three cycles of basic trainees at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, acquired during hot, moderate and cool weather. Detailed climatological data pertaining to the exact times that firing was conducted is examined along with the scores. Certain statistical differences of significance emerge which lead to the conclusion that climatic conditions may have an appreciable effect on the physiological condition of the basic trainee to the extent that it affects significantly his qualification score in rifle marksmanship training. Author
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