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Anthropometry of Women of the U. S. Army--1977. Report Number 1. Methodology and Survey Plan

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An anthropometric survey of U. S. Army women was conducted during the winter of 1976-1977--the first such survey in 30 years. The survey was planned and carried out in response to the need for current and comprehensive body size and strength data for the women who make up an increasingly large part of the U. S. Army. The main purpose of the survey was to obtain and develop statistical data on body size, workspace parameters, and static muscle strength of U. S. Army women. During the survey, data were obtained on 128 conventional body size dimensions, 14 workspace dimensions, and 9 static strength measurements. Many of the measurements made had not been previously reported for any large-scale survey of women, military or civilian. Other measurements were selected to supplement and complement data already available to provide up-to-date information for use in the design of clothing, protective equipment, workspace and industrial equipment which women in the Army wear, use, operate, or within which they work. This, the first of a series of reports dealing with this survey, describes the methodology used in the conduct of the survey. Included here are an outline of the survey design, a listing of the landmarks used in defining the dimensions to be measured and detailed descriptions of the procedures used in making each measurement. Measurement techniques used in previous large-scale anthropometric surveys of women also are listed here. Thus this report, in addition to reporting the methodology of the present survey, constitutes a comprehensive source book of anthropometric techniques for use with women.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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