Occupational loads carried by Australian soldiers on military operations

Robin Marc Orr, Rodney Pope, Julia Coyle, Venerina Johnston

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Background: soldiers are required to carry heavy occupational loads on military operations that place their health at risk. Methods: an online survey was sent to soldiers serving in specific Australian Army Corps known to experience high occupational exposure to load carriage. Results: of the 380 respondents, 64% provided operational load carriage data on single or multiple operational deployments, totalling 411 reports. Mean absolute loads carried across the decade 2001-2010, equated to 47.7 kg. Arms corps carried significantly heavier loads than grouped "other corps" and Signals corps. Female soldiers reported carrying significantly (p =.45) lighter absolute loads (M = 26.4 kg) than male soldiers (M = 39.0 kg) with no significant differences found when the loads were expressed relative to body mass (Female M = 43%: Male M = 47%, p =.55). Conclusion: Australian Army soldiers carry absolute loads that are increasing in load mass but may differ between corps and genders due to the tasks performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Health, Safety and Environment
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Orr, Robin Marc ; Pope, Rodney ; Coyle, Julia ; Johnston, Venerina. / Occupational loads carried by Australian soldiers on military operations. In: Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 2015 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 451-457.
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Occupational loads carried by Australian soldiers on military operations. / Orr, Robin Marc; Pope, Rodney; Coyle, Julia; Johnston, Venerina.

In: Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2015, p. 451-457.

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