The Effect of Combat on Aircrew Subjective Readiness and LSO Grades during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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The effect of operational tasking on aircrew readiness during combat operations continues to be an area of intense investigation within the U.S. Navy. The recent Persian Gulf War provided a unique opportunity to collect data examining aircrew workrest cycles and operational tasking in a combat environment For 4 consecutive weeks during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 18 A-6 and 18 F-14 aviators onboard the USS AMERICA CV-66 completed daily workrest logs of their activities while conducting operations from the Red Sea. Activities on the workrest logs were coded to a resolution of one-half hour. Several flight parameters were also obtained including 1 takeoff and landing time, 2 flight duration, 3 mission type, 4 consecutive days during which a flight occurred, 5 landing signal officer LSO scores, and 6 arresting wire engaged on landing. In addition, after each mission aircrew provided a subjective assessment of the amount of time that they needed to rest before another air-to-ground strike mission could be flown a measure of subjective readiness. Multiple regression analysis indicates that flight duration, the number of flights per day, and the time-of-day that the flight occurred, impact heavily on subjective evaluations of aircrew readiness. Few consistent relationships were observed between the independent measures and LSO grades. The data obtained here represent a unique look at aircrew workrest patterns as they effect aircrew readiness during armed conflict.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics