The Anthropometric Survey of US Army Personnel (ANSUR I) data were published in 1988. Until 2012, they were the most comprehensive publicly available data set on body size and shape. They include 140+ measures for nearly 4000 adult US military personnel (1774 men and 2208 women). Because of the quality of the data–and the low, low price of “free”–they are widely used worldwide in design practice. However! they are not representative of any target user population, including the US military. As a result, designs and standards based on these data will not accommodate the user population in the intended manner. That said, they are a useful resource for studying anthropometry and building data synthesis models.
Explore the Data
A Summary Report with a visual guide to each measure is available. [50 pages, 2.8MB]
Gordon, C. C., Churchill, T., Clauser, C. E., Bradtmiller, B., McConville, J. T., Tebbetts, I., and Walker, R. A., 1989, “1988 Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Army Personnel: Summary Statistics Interim Report.” Report No. NATICK/TR-89/027.
The Final Report that accompanied the release of the data is also available. It contains the visual guide as well as summary statistics for each measure, by gender. [649 pages, 65MB]
Gordon, C. C., Churchill, T., Clauser, C. E., Bradtmiller, B., McConville, J. T., Tebbetts, I., and Walker, R. A., 1989, “1988 Anthropometric Survey of U.S. Army Personnel: Methods and Summary Statistics. Final Report,” Report No. NATICK/TR-89/044.