Enhancing military efficiency: A South African perspective

Christie, C.J. and Todd, A.I. (2001) Enhancing military efficiency: A South African perspective. Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 13 (2). pp. 10-17. ISSN 1010-2728




While extensive military research has been conducted in developed countries, very little work has been done on soldiers in industrially developing countries (IDCs). Although many aspects of marching are similar around the globe, the challenges facing soldiers in IDCs, and in particular South Africa, are unique. Since the 1990’s South Africa has seen a considerable shift in the morphological and cultural make-up of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The result is a mix of soldiers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Ethnic differences may ultimately impact performance particularly as research has postulated that Blacks and Whites may differ in body composition and body proportions. It is highly probable then that the universal recommendations of optimal marching speeds, load masses and gradients need to be modified to accommodate the diversity of soldiers which currently comprise the SANDF.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:military; marching; ethnic differences; ethnic backgrounds; performance; body composition; body proportions; optimal marching speeds; load masses; gradients; Blacks; Whites; South African National Defence Force; SANDF; industrially developing countries; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Human Kinetics & Ergonomics
ID Code:664
Deposited On:10 May 2007
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