Accession Number : AD1000480

Title :   Physical Demands Study - Focus Groups

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick United States

Personal Author(s) : Larcom,Kathleen ; Walker,Leila A ; Warr,Bradley J ; Smith,Laurel B ; Redmond,Jan E ; Zambraski,Edward J ; Sharp,Marilyn A

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Report Date : 26 Oct 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 106

Abstract : The US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) was tasked by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to develop criterion-based physical requirements for entry into the seven physically demanding combat MOSs. TRADOC tasked each of the proponent schools (Infantry, Field Artillery, Armor, Combat Engineer) to develop a list of critical physically demanding tasks and detailed standards of performance for each combat MOS. In order to ensure that these standards were acceptable, accurate and complete, USARIEM conducted small focus group sessions with both junior and senior enlisted members from each combat arms MOS. The majority of Soldiers in each focus group agreed that the minimum acceptable standards for each task were reasonable as written by TRADOC, and the Soldiers currently serving in a combat MOS perform most of the tasks either in training or while deployed. Additional tasks described by Soldiers in the focus groups were determined by TRADOC to be equally or less physically demanding than those previously identified.

Descriptors :   military occupational specialties , army personnel , infantry , artillery , human performance tests , standards , predictive modeling , statistical analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE