Army tests how soldiers perform under pressure using wearable sensors to measure warfighter stress

Dec. 1, 2020
A watch and ring help warfighters understand how life decisions like playing video games until 2 a.m. can affect their actions on the battlefield.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – Some 530 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division are taking part in a yearlong human performance study in which they wear special watches and rings that track not just their physical exertion, but also how their heart rate responds under stress. reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 Dec. 2020 -- Infantrymen were issued the wearable computing devices to collect physical performance and physiological data, such as resting heart rate, changes in body temperature, respiratory rate, sleep cycles, and activity levels.

It’s part of the Measuring and Advancing Soldier Tactical Readiness and Effectiveness (MASTR-E) program. Last October soldiers ran through a 200-meter stress-shoot course with fire and maneuver drills to evaluate their speed, accuracy, and decision-making ability under pressure.

Soldiers are encouraged to wear the sensors all the time -- even when off duty -- to see how different behaviors can affect their performance.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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