The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF), a Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) activity, is currently conducting a Navy sizing correlation study to gather data to get an up-to-date snapshot of the size and shape of today’s Sailors.
“U.S. Navy body dimensions were last measured in 1997 for males and 1988 for females,” said Capt. Robert Gantt, NEXCOM’s Deputy Commander, Uniform Programs. “Based on a recent Army Anthropometric Study, it was shown that the average height, weight and dimensions of servicemen and women have changed over the past 20 years. So, updating sizing data in U. S. Navy patterns for uniforms and organizational clothing would help improve fit and comfort for Sailors.”
NCTRF has begun collecting 30 noninvasive body dimensions of Sailors at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. In total, NCTRF will gather the measurements of 4,000 Sailors (2,000 men and 2,000 women) throughout the Hampton Roads area during the study, which will last through March 2015.
“We received information from the Navy Personnel Research, Studies and Technology on the demographics of all Sailors,” said Louise Caulfield, NCTRF Business Development Manager. “From that, we are taking a statistically valid sample of Sailors based on race, gender and age to ensure that we have measurements of all the demographics represented in today’s Navy. This will ensure we get a true representation of those serving in the Navy.”
Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Kelley Ward, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, participated in the sizing study. “I love the idea of better fitting uniforms,” said Ward. “With the higher number of females in the Navy now as compared to the 1980s when the last sizing study was done, it makes sense to do another study. I didn’t think the measurements would be as in depth, but I’m glad it was. They got all the measurements they needed to improve the fit of our uniforms.”
Once the study is complete, NCTRF will determine if the sizing of military members in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army are similar enough to use the data the U.S. Army gathered in 2010 in lieu of conducting its own full scale scientific sizing study.
“The sizing information we are gathering today could, in the future, lead to new updated sizing patterns for uniforms, organizational clothing and personal protective equipment which will improve fit, appearance and comfort for Sailors,” said Caulfield.
By Kristine Sturkie, NEXCOM Public Affairs