Validity of an Occupational Strength Test Battery (STB) for Early Identification of Potential Underwater Demolition Team and Sea/Air/Land Team Trainees
Technical rept. 4 Apr 1978-15 Dec 1982
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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An experimental strength test battery STB including 11 tests measuring 4 strength factors static, dynamic, power, and anthropometric was administered to underwater demolition team UDT and seaairland SEAL trainees, and results were validated against attrition. Tests that were predictive were anthropometric weight and weightheight squared, dynamic sit- ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and power ergometer. Results indicated that an STB for occupational classification should include dynamic types of strength tests to predict performance in Navy jobs requiring rapid, extensive body movement. Also, the STB could be used to identify larger numbers of highly qualified potential UDTSEAL trainees and thus reduce historically high levels of training attrition.
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