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USAFSAM - FCI - Anthropometric Measurements

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE
Aeromedical Consult Service
Medical Flight Standards Branch
Wright Patterson AFB, OH

ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS
 
Anthropometric measurements are done as part of your IFCI, IFCII, MFS, or specialty evaluation requested by HQ AFRS/RSG. The anthropometric device at Wright Patterson AFB is extremely accurate and is the only device accepted by the USAF to determine waiver eligibility. Anthropometric waivers are not considered "medical", however; waiver requests will be initiated to HQ AFRS/RSG, but will often require further cockpit evaluation as directed.

If you have been directed to have additional anthropometric measurements accomplished, please contact us at (937) 938-2867 or (937) 938-2728 or e-mail us at USAFSAM.MED.FLT.SCR@US.AF.MIL to schedule an appointment. Measurements are accomplished on Thursday and Friday mornings and take approximately 20 minutes.
 
FOR ALL
 
STANDING HEIGHT: The vertical height between the floor surface and the top of the head. The subject stands erect with his or her heels together on a flat surface with the head oriented in the Frankfurt Plane. 

SITTING HEIGHT: The vertical distance between the sitting surface and the top of the head. The subject sits erect with feet & knees shoulder width apart on a flat surface with the head in the Frankfurt plane. 

BUTTOCK TO KNEE: The horizontal distance between the most protrusive point of the buttock and the most forward point of the right knee. The subject sits on a flat surface, looking straight ahead. The thighs are parallel and the feet are in line with the thighs on a surface adjusted so the knees are bent 90 degrees with the head in the Frankfurt Place.

ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS, IF NEEDED
 
SITTING EYE HEIGHT: The vertical distance between the sitting surface and the outer corner of the right eye. The subject sits on a flat surface, looking straight ahead. The thighs are parallel and the feet are in line with the thighs on a surface adjusted so the knees are bent 90 degrees with the head oriented in the Frankfurt Plane.

SITTING KNEE HEIGHT: The vertical distance between the foot rest and the top of the right patella. The subject sits on a flat surface, looking straight ahead. The thighs are parallel and the feet are in line with the thighs on a surface adjusted so the knees are bent 90 degrees with the head oriented in the Frankfurt Place.

SITTING SHOULDER HEIGHT: The vertical distance between the sitting surface and the tip of the right shoulder. The subject sits on a flat surface, looking straight ahead. The thighs are parallel and the feet are in line with the thighs on a surface adjusted so the knees are bent 90 degrees with the head oriented in the Frankfurt Place. The upper arms are relaxed at the sides with the forearms and hands extended horizontally with the palms facing each other.

ARM SPAN: The distance between the tips of the middle fingers of the horizontally outstretched arms. The subject stands erect with the heels together. Both arms and hands are stretched horizontally with the tip of the middle finger of one hand just touching a side wall. The technician measures from the wall to the tip of the opposite finger.