Association of Performance on the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT), Injuries, and Attrition during Initial Entry Training - OPAT Phase 1
Technical Report,01 Jan 2016,31 Dec 2016
ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND United States
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The Occupational Physical Assessment Test OPAT was developed as a pre-enlistment test to match the right Soldier with the right jobs e.g., military occupational specialties MOSs based on sex-neutral physical performance standards. The 4-event OPAT measures physical attributes required to perform the physically demanding tasks of the Combat Arms MOSs. This study was designed to prospectively evaluate potential relationships between physical performance on the 4-event OPAT and two important outcome measures i.e., injury and attrition during IET. Among sexes combined and men alone, achievement on the composite 4-event OPAT was inversely associated with injury risk during the first 10 weeks of IET. Trainees in the Gray combined sexes p0.02 men p0.02 and White categories combined sexes p0.01 men p0.01 had significantly higher injury risk compared to trainees that met the OPAT standard for the Black PDC. Among sexes combined and men, achievement on the composite OPAT was inversely associated with final IET attrition. Trainees in the lowest performing White category had significantly higher final attrition compared to trainees that met the standard for the Black PDC sexes combined p0.001 men p0.01.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research