A Review and Comparison of Anthropometric Indices Applicable to the US Navy Submariner Population
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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No anthropometric survey dedicated uniquely to submariners has been conducted since the 1970s. Indices that reflect the physical dimensions of todays sailors are needed to design and construct equipment, tools, and devices to be used by submarine personnel. Reference tables of outlying percentiles for upper body, lower body, and heights and weights for female and male Navy personnel were developed to reflect the physical dimensions of todays sailors. The average height of submariners has remained unchanged in the last 30 years. Todays submariners are taller than the Army, overall Navy, and the US populations. Military populations weigh less and are taller than their US population counterparts. Indices provided in this report may be useful in designing equipment such as stretchers and submarine escape suits to be used onboard submarines. When designing military equipment, anthropometric measures sampled from diverse male and female military populations should be used as opposed to the general US population.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Submarine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies