Accession Number : ADA327527

Title :   Injury and Illness Among Air Force Female Military Recruits.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Dec 94-30 Sep 95,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Snedecor, Michael R. ; Boudreau, Carla F. ; Ellis, Bruce E. ; Roth, Laurence M. ; Schulman, Jane

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Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : Morbidity among female Air Force recruits during basic military training is the subject of this study, which was managed and funded by the Office for Prevention and Health Services Assessment (OPHSA). The study paired male and female flight cohorts ('brother/sister' flights) for an eight-month period in 1994/1995 in order to examine any gender differences in injury/illness rates. Among the key results of the study: (1) female recruits are approximately 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely than male recruits to experience an injury or illness during basic training; (2) for both men and women, many of the absolute injury and non-injury rates decreased markedly during the six weeks of basic training; (3) even though the absolute rates for many injuries and non-injuries decreased substantially over time, the relative risks comparing women to men were fairly constant during the six-week training period; (4) the risk of being discharged was significantly less for men than for women; (5) the risk of being recycled did not differ significantly for men compared to women; (6) although the absolute rates were higher for the female recruits, the relative occurrence of specific injuries and non-injuries did not appear to be gender-specific.

Descriptors :   *WOUNDS AND INJURIES, *MILITARY TRAINING, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *WOMEN, *RECRUITS, AIR FORCE, RISK, RATES, FLIGHT, ILLNESS, MALES, FEMALES.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE