Assessing the Impact of Clothing and Individual Equipment (CIE) on Soldier Physical, Biomechanical, and Cognitive Performance Part 1: Test Methodology
Technical Report,01 Jun 2016,31 Oct 2016
ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA NATICK United States
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The objective of this study was to establish a test methodology utilizing an operational scenario for assessing the effects of clothing and individual equipment CIE on Soldier physical and cognitive performance. This objective was accomplished by translating established scientifically based cognitive and physical metrics into an integrated field test batteryscenario. The scenario was designed to have Soldiers perform an operationally relevant and fatiguing set of tasks e.g., movement to an objective, action on an objective, etc.. Test participants performed six events in a 4-hour scenario each day over the course of 3 test days, with a rest day between each day of testing. The scenario sequence of events was as follows 1. Pre-dynamic rifle marksmanship performance 2. First 3-mile foot march at 3 mph 3. Load Effects Assessment Program LEAP obstacle course 4. Military Operations in Urban Terrain MOUT exercise 5. Second 3-mile foot march at 3 mph and 6. Post-dynamic rifle marksmanship performance. The knowledge products resulting from this research Part I Test Methodology and Part II Data Analysis will give insights to combat developers and commanders on the effects of existing CIE on Soldier performance. Part I focuses on providing a detailed description of the methodology, while Part II reports the results of the study.