Assessing Readiness in Military Women:

Assessing Readiness in Military Women:

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U.S. military personnel are required to adhere to standards of body composition, fitness, and appearance to achieve and maintain readiness--that is, the maintenance of optimum health and performance so they are ready for deployment at any moment. In 1992, the Committee on Military Nutrition Research reviewed the existing standards and found, among other things, that the standards for body composition required for women to achieve an appearance goal seemed to conflict with those necessary to ensure the ability to perform many types of military tasks. This report addresses that conflict, and reviews and makes recommendations about current policies governing body composition and fitness, as well as postpartum return-to-duty standards, Military Recommended Dietary Allowances, and physical activity and nutritional practices of military women to determine their individual and collective impact on the health, fitness, and readiness of active-duty women.According to an Army operations manual, aquot;U.S. Army forces must be prepared to fight and win on short notice anywhere in the world, from ... According to DoD Directive 1308.1 (1995), aquot;Physical Fitness and Body Fat Programs, aquot; aquot;maintaining desirable body composition is an ... Although Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel must supply recent photos of themselves to their selection (promotion) boardsanbsp;...

Title:Assessing Readiness in Military Women:
Author:Committee on Body Composition, Nutrition, and Health of Military Women, Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1998-01-01


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