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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE   JULY 2014 , Volume 5 , Number 3; Page(s) 115 To 124.
 
Paper: 

ANTHROPOMETRIC CHARACTERISTICS OF IRANIAN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR CHANGES OVER RECENT YEARS

 
 
Author(s):  POURTAGHI G.*, VALIPOUR F., SADEGHIALAVI H., LAHMI M.A.
 
* HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER, BAQIYATALLAH UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SHEIKH BAHAEE ST., MOLLA SADRA ST., TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: In most armies, clothes, equipment and weapons are designed according to the physical characteristics and anthropometric data of soldiers.
Objective: To study the anthropometric characteristics of Iranian army force and their changes over recent years.
Methods: 12 635 Iranian military personnel aged between 18 and 30 years with tenure of<10 years who were normally engaged in educational military activities and soldiers were enrolled in this study, which was conducted in 2010.
Results: The military personnel had a mean±SD stature of 174.1±6.3 cm and sitting height of 89.7±3.8 cm. They had a mean weight of 70.0 kg, and body mass index of 23.3 kg/m2.
Conclusion: The stature of Iranian army has increased by 14 mm during the last 15 years. The stature was less than those of the western countries and 3-4 cm more than those of East Asian personnel. The body mass index has had an increasing trend.

 
Keyword(s): HUMAN ENGINEERING, ANTHROPOMETRY, MILITARY PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT DESIGN, IRAN
 
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