Development of a Physical Employment Testing Battery for Field Artillery Soldiers: 13B Cannon Crewman and 13F Fire Support Specialist
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick United States
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The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine USARIEM was tasked by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC to develop criterion-based physical requirements for entry into the seven physically demanding combat MOSs, including the 13 Series Field Artillery. Researchers from USARIEM completed three studies to develop a valid, safe, and legally defensible physical performance battery to predict a Soldiers ability to serve in the MOS. Study 1 involved measuring and identifying the physiological requirements of each of the tasks of the MOS in order to identify a set of criterion tasks encompassing the physical demands of all of the tasks of the MOS. Study 2 involved developing task simulations of the most physically demanding tasks 13B casualty drag, transfer ammo with a FAASV 13F casualty evacuation, casualty drag, sandbag carry, move under fire, and foot march. In the final study, screening batteries using basic predictor tests for each MOS were developed to fit a range of needs of the Army.