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dc.contributor.advisorBlais, Curtis L.
dc.contributor.advisorBalogh Imre L.
dc.contributor.authorSasala, Jeremiah M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T22:34:17Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T22:34:17Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/59579
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this research is to determine how load affects the performance of individual Soldiers. In this context, performance means speed; speed is estimated (not predicted) through the use of a mathematical model. This model calculates speed given a number of factors, including body weight, load, terrain surface, and terrain steepness. The mathematical model produces realistic movement rates and further reveals several important relationships. First, when load increases, speed decreases. Second, as the terrain becomes more difficult to traverse, speed also decreases. Finally, loads can become so heavy that movement stops altogether. In other words, this model recognizes that there is a point at which any additional load is simply too much. As part of this research, the model’s usefulness is demonstrated using an A* search algorithm that determines the path of least resistance when considering human capabilities; this means that the quickest path can be identified, and not just the shortest. The model also provides a means to examine the trade-offs between added weight and added capabilities within combat simulations. Ultimately, this model demonstrates how load and terrain affect individual-level performance.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/individualsoldie1094559579
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleINDIVIDUAL SOLDIER LOADS AND THE EFFECTS ON COMBAT PERFORMANCEen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSmith, Anthony D.
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science (CS)
dc.subject.authorMOVESen_US
dc.subject.authorCOMBATXXIen_US
dc.subject.authormodelingen_US
dc.subject.authorsimulationen_US
dc.subject.authorloaden_US
dc.subject.authorspeeden_US
dc.subject.authorA*en_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineModeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Institute (MOVES)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid29599
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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