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Book/Printed Material The effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength (ARMS) program on army accessions and attrition

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  • The effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength (ARMS) program on army accessions and attrition

Summary

  • The fraction of American youth meeting U.S. Army enlistment standards for weight and body fat has decreased markedly over the past three decades. In response to this adverse trend, in 2005, the Army allowed six Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) to grant an enlistment waiver to applicants who exceeded weight and body fat standards as long as they passed a physical endurance, motivation, and strength test known as the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength (ARMS) test. The test was developed by Army medical scientists who believed that it complements existing physical tests used to identify potential enlistees who would and would not fare well in the military. The Army implemented ARMS at eight additional MEPS in February 2006 and then at the remaining 51 MEPS in April 2006. The authors find that ARMS increased male and female accessions of overweight applicants in the six ARMS study sites by 35 and 62 percent, respectively, between 2004 and 2005. They also report that this substantial increase in overweight accessions had no effect on 6- and 18-month attrition rates. Given the low cost of implementing the program, the authors conclude that ARMS is a highly cost-effective means of screening overweight applicants for military service.

Names

  • Loughran, David S., 1969-
  • Orvis, Bruce R.
  • United States. Army
  • Arroyo Center
  • Rand Corporation

Created / Published

  • Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corporation, [2011]
  • ©2011

Contents

  • Introduction -- Medical history and ARMS data -- Trends in body fat percentage and the ARMS test -- The effect of ARMS on Army accessions -- The effect of ARMS on attrition -- Conclusion.

Headings

  • -  United States.--Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc
  • -  Physical fitness--Testing

Notes

  • -  "Prepared for the United States Army."
  • -  "RAND Arroyo Center."
  • -  Includes bibliographical references (pages 55).
  • -  Sponsored by the United States Army W74V8H-06-C-0001
  • -  Description based on print version record; resource not viewed.

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  • 1 electronic resource (xxi, 55 pages )

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  • UB323

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021760802

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Chicago citation style:

Loughran, David S, Bruce R Orvis, United States Army, Arroyo Center, and Rand Corporation. The effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength ARMS program on army accessions and attrition. [Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, ©, 2011] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021760802/.

APA citation style:

Loughran, D. S., Orvis, B. R., United States Army, Arroyo Center & Rand Corporation. (2011) The effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength ARMS program on army accessions and attrition. [Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, ©] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021760802/.

MLA citation style:

Loughran, David S, et al. The effect of the Assessment of Recruit Motivation and Strength ARMS program on army accessions and attrition. [Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, ©, 2011] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021760802/>.