Navy uniform changes will accommodate bigger, bulkier sailors

Although the size of the force has gotten smaller over the past two decades, the size of individual sailors has grown.

That’s the conclusion of a year-and-a-half-long Navy study in which several thousand sailors were measured to see if body dimensions had changed since the last studies were done two decades ago. A similar but larger Army study, completed in 2012, found that soldiers were typically larger than in years past.

The Navy uses body measurement data to design everything from cockpits to coveralls.

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