2012 Canadian Forces Anthropometric Survey (CFAS) – Final Report


  1. Keefe, A.A.
  2. Angel, H.
  3. Mangan, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The Department of National Defence (DND) lacks current, accurate, and representative anthropometric data of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) population. In response to this need, the 2012 Canadian Forces Anthropometric Survey (CFAS) was conducted with the goal of obtaining a statistically proportional and representative set of anthropometric data of CAF personnel across four strata: age, sex, Military Occupation Structure Identification (MOSID; aircrew, operational and non-operational trades) and service (Canadian Army (CA), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN)). Body size and shape data of 2205 CAF personnel (1890 males and 315 females) were obtained using traditional methods (e.g., measuring tape and calipers), 3D laser scans of the whole body, head, hands and feet and 2D photogrammetry using the in-service BoSS XXI system. Data were collected at 14 bases and wings across Canada. In an analysis of proportionality, representative samples were achieved for age, sex and language. The RCAF was oversampled, and the RCN and CA were under sampled. A comparative analysis of datasets from the current survey and those of the 1997 Land Forces Anthropometric survey shows that larger body size and weights are more prevalent in the current survey. A similar trend was noted when comparing 2012 CFAS pilots and aircrew from the 1985 Canadian Forces Aircrew Survey. Thus, the 2012 CFAS survey should be used for the specification, evaluation, development, and acquisitio

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anthropometry;body size;3D scanning
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-R186 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2015
Number of Pages
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