Published: Jan 1986
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Women in the U.S. Army currently wear field uniforms that were designed and sized for men. Downsizing the male patterns to fit women has accentuated the fitting problems caused by sexually dimorphic body proportions. Thus, female body dimensions must be considered in the design and sizing of Army field clothing. The integrated sizing system for men and women presented here was derived mathematically from the U.S. Army's anthropometric data base. Key sizing dimensions were established by selecting those variable pairs which minimize within-size variations of other body dimensions important to garment design. Design values for additional body dimensions critical to garment fit were calculated from regression equations that used the key sizing variables to predict the dimensions of the largest individual who will wear each size. Appropriate ease was added to these nude body dimensions to arrive at an empirically defined grading system. Fitting trials will test the hypothesis that this anthropometric sizing program can provide an adequate fit for both Army men and women.
anthropometry, clothing sizing, fit testing, protective clothing
Research anthropologist, U.S. Army Natick Research and Development Center, Natick, MA