Demographic and Anthropometric Assessment of US Army Anthropometric Data Base
Interim rept. Sep 1984-Apr 1985
ANTHROPOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT INC YELLOW SPRINGS OH
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It has been nearly 20 years since the last anthropometric survey of Army males was conducted and about eight years since the last survey of Army females. The purpose of this report is to assess the extent to which the Armys existing anthropometric data base is representative of the current Army active duty force, both demographically and anthropometrically. The demographic variables of age, sex, and race are compared for the Armys existing anthropometric data base, the current active duty force, and the projected force of the 1990s. The changes in these variables occurring in the Army population are also contrasted with those occurring in the U.S. population at large. The anthropometric variables of stature and weight are compared for the existing data base and current active duty officers. Other anthropometric variables that are affected by race and age are also examined. Differences in anthropometric variables between the existing data base and the current active duty force are discussed in the context of secular trends in anthropometric measures from the U.S. population at large and other military populations. The implications of using the Armys existing anthropometric data base in the design and sizing of clothing and personal equipment are examined in light of the present and projected demographic composition of the Army active duty force. Several data tables.
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