Comparison of 1997 Canadian land forces anthropometric survey with digital BoSS XXI anthropometric data


  1. Mangan, B.
  2. Morton, A.
  3. Angel, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This report presents a comparison of the anthropometric results obtained in the Canadian Land Forces Survey from 1997 and the data captured using the BoSS XXI digital anthropometry system, a comparison of the anthropometric data captured during recent HF trials against the 1997 CLFS, and an examination of the robustness of the BoSS data set for use as an anthropometric tool for ISSP developers. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast the two data sets and identify any statistically significant variances suggesting possible explanations for these differences. A brief review of both surveys and their inherent methodologies is presented as well as a summary of the validation for the digital BoSS system. Six anthropometric metrics were identified and contrasted between the 1997 data set and the BoSS XXI data set, these are: stature, neck circumference at the base of the neck (C1 vertebra), neck circumference at the collar, chest circumference, waist circumference, and sleeve length; all statistics were stratified by gender and additionally by combat arms Military Occupational Specialty Identification. Of the 18 analyses performed (6 metrics x 3 conditions: male, female, combat arms personnel), the BoSS data was found to be significantly larger than the 1997 CLF survey data in 14 of instances. The non-typical results were found to be in the male and combat arms neck circumference (at the base) where the 1997 CLF data was found to be significantly greater than the BoS
ergonomics;anthropometry;anthropometric survey;BoSS XXI
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-C248 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2010
Number of Pages
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