Development of a physical employment standard for a branch of the UK military
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Method: Twenty-nine RAF Regt personnel completed eight critical tasks wearing Combat Equipment Fighting Order (31.5 kg) while being monitored for physical and perceptual effort. A PES was developed using task simulations, measured on 61 incumbents.
Results: The resultant PES consists of: 1) a battlefield test involving task simulations: single lift and point-of-entry (psss/fail); timed elements (react to effective enemy fire and crawl) set at 95th performance percentile; casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) casualty drag and CASEVAC simulated stretcher carry completed without stopping. 2) a Multi Stage Fitness Test level 9.10 to assess aerobic fitness to complete a tactical advance to battle.
Conclusion: The task-based PES should ensure RAF Regt personnel have a baseline level of fitness to perform and withstand the physical demands of critical tasks to at least a minimum acceptable standard.
|Early online date||5 Sep 2019|
|Publication status||Early online - 5 Sep 2019|
- Development of a physical employment standard for a branch of the UK military
Rights statement: This is an original manuscript / preprint of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ergonomics on 5/9/19, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00140139.2019.1663271
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