Accession Number : ADA308312

Title :   Self-Reported Aviation Concerns of Male and Female U.S. Air Force and Army Rated Aircrew.

Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept. Jan 93-Feb 96,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX AEROSPACE MEDICINE DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Voge, Victoria M. ; King, Raymond E.

PDF Url : ADA308312

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : An anonymous survey of all US Army and Air Force rated female aircrew and age/duty-matched men covered demographics; aircraft fit and safety; interpersonal relationships, waste disposal, menstruation, personal equipment, prisoner of war (POW), and women-in-combat concerns. Of 1,134 questionnaires mailed, 44-66% were returned (depending on job, service, time in service, and gender). Male and female aircrew were similar in many respects (as delineated in the report), probably indicating self-selection into aviation. Women, however, were medically grounded for prolonged periods twice as often as men, not completely due to pregnancy. Despite safety concerns, women and men were generally happy with their aircraft. Women, and some men, used dehydration/fasting to cope with inadequate aircraft waste collection systems. Small women and large men had problems with personal flight equipment, although equipment fit most aircrew of both genders. Women felt they have to work harder, but admit to having received special help in learning to fly. Many men were upset with 'affirmative action' but were reticent to complain. Women had problems with their (male) peers' wives. Many aircrew believed they have inadequate POW training; women fear rape. Men were not convinced women should fly in combat; women overwhelmingly asserted they should. Both genders believed there should be no quotas; combat slots should be allotted on merit. Men thought they might be expected to protect a female POW. Women, although denying menstrual concerns and refusing to take themselves off the flight schedule, admitted to taking over-the-counter and prescription medications to alleviate menstrual symptoms.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *FLIGHT CREWS, *SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, *PREGNANCY, *WOMEN, *MENSTRUATION, *PRISONERS OF WAR, WARFARE, AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT, TRAINING, FLIGHT, SCHEDULING, FEAR, SLOTS, WASTE DISPOSAL, FEMALES, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, FOOD DEPRIVATION, WASTE COLLECTION.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Aircraft Operations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE