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Soldiers sized up as Army looks to make sure it has enough uniforms, armor that properly fits
The president may be talking about downsizing the military, but the size of the average soldier is growing.
At the Camp Shelby training base near Hattiesburg, Miss., both measuring sticks and high-tech body scans are being used on 1,000 servicemen and women.
A pilot study found that soldiers are about the same height but two inches bigger around than in 1988, when the last survey was taken.
Project leader Cynthia Blackwell says that's in keeping with the upsizing of the general population.
Measurements of more than 12,000 service personnel will be used to develop size standards for uniforms and equipment, and to decide how much to stock in each size.
Blackwell says officials realized a new survey was needed after more large uniforms than expected were needed for troops deploying to Iraq.