☷Next phase of Army body composition study to collect data from Soldiers at U S Army Garrison West Point
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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The next phase of data collection for the U . S . Army’s Body Composition Study will take place at U . S . Army Garrison West Point , NY from May 2 - 4 . The study will focus on collecting data from Soldiers assigned to West Point’s tenant units , to include Keller Army Community Hospital , Military Police , and the U . S . Military Academy faculty and staff . Though not the focus of this data collection , the study may also include some cadet candidates from the U . S . Military Academy Preparatory School as well as cadets from the United States Corps of Cadets to help ensure the study is representative of a diverse population . The study previously collected data at Fort Bragg , N . C . in October 2021 and at Fort Lee , Va . in February 2022 , with plans to collect data at an additional site later this summer focused on National Guard and Reserve Soldiers . The U . S . Army Center for Initial Military Training ( USACIMT ) , with the U . S . Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine ( USARIEM ) as the scientific lead , is conducting the comprehensive study to examine the association between body composition and Soldier physical performance . The results of the study will help inform potential future changes to the Army Body Composition Program . The study is part of the Army’s efforts to optimize Holistic Health and Fitness and improve Soldier readiness . It has been more than 30 years since the Army first started using body fat standards in place of height and weight tables . A re - examination of the force is needed as the Army ' s physical readiness programs evolve to reduce injuries and empower Soldiers’ to perform basic Soldier tasks . The scientific study will examine active duty , National Guard , and Army Reserve Soldiers representing diverse backgrounds , including age , gender , race/ethnicity , and physical demand categories and duties . During the study , researchers will assess body size and composition by measuring Soldiers’ height , weight , circumferences , and body composition and examine them in relationship to their most recent physical fitness score ( either the ACFT or APFT ) as well as the dates and types of physical limitations due to injury . For women , the study will also look at the number and dates of pregnancies , as well as delivery methods , and first post - partum physical fitness score and ABCP record , if applicable . The study will use four measurement techniques to assess body composition: ( 1 ) standard AR 600 - 9 tape test , ( 2 ) dual - energy X - ray absorptiometry ( DXA ) , ( 3 ) three - dimensional total body scanning ( 3D scanning ) , and ( 4 ) bio - electrical impedance analysis ( BIA ) . The study will examine the associations of these four measurements with physical performance and compare them to the current AR 600 - 9 circumference measurements . Additional information will provide relationships between type and duty time loss due to injury or pregnancy and associations to body composition and physical performance .
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