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Manpower Personnel Integration (MANPRINT) Program

What is it?
The MANPRINT is the Army's program to ensure that Soldier performance is the central consideration in system design, development, and acquisition. It is the technical process of integrating the interdependent elements of human factors engineering, manpower availability, personnel skills and abilities, training design, system safety, health hazards, and survivability.

The MANPRINT program has three primary objectives: 1) optimize both the quantity and quality of the personnel needed for systems; 2) design systems that are easily useable by Soldiers, safe to operate, cause no unnecessary health problems, and maximize Soldier survivability; and 3) ensure acceptable trade-offs are made among performance, design, and Soldier capabilities and limits. This ensures that Soldier readiness is not compromised by equipment that is difficult to use or maintain.

What has the Army done?
In FY07-08, the Army responded to several Congressional requests to the Department of Defense “to conduct comprehensive reviews and assessments of MANPRINT-type programs within the department.”  The Army has the most successful program of all the Services; with 52 Acquisition Category (ACAT) systems covered of the 68 ACAT I and II systems that have been proposed. This breaks down as follows: 46 ACAT I and 22 ACAT II systems fully covered by MANPRINT analytic efforts. Current accomplishments include:

The Air Warrior, Longbow Apache, and Blackhawk:

  • Changes to air crew seating including Dual-axis seat adjustment now accommodates 40 percent more Soldiers.

Fox Combat Vehicle:

  • Crew reduced from four to three, amounting to cost savings of $2-4 Million.

Future Combat System (FCS) Battalion Tactical Operation Center (BN TOC): >

  • Thirty Soldiers in current BN TOC; MANPRINT analyses now working to design a crew of 16.

Non-Line of Sight - Mortar:

  • Reduced crew to three per vehicle versus four or five on Stryker.

FCS Pit Stop Engineering Maintenance Concept:

  • Streamlined number of tasks to be performed barehanded as much as possible has resulted in fewer tools (10 tools) to track, less time to perform maintenance.

Longbow Apache:

  • Eighty MANPRINT problems, issues, and concerns were identified and resolved so that a $2.7 Million MANPRINT investment caused a $286 Million cost avoidance in operations and support.

Stryker:

  • Added platform for the loader on the Mortar Carrier B enables the loader to drop mortar rounds more safely and reduce physical stress.
  • Increased room in the commander's station allows a larger portion of the Soldier population to fit into the crew station.
  • Redesigned gunner position now accommodates the body configuration of approximately 95 percent of Soldiers.

These and many other significant contributions to aviation, maneuver, weapons, and logistics programs have resulted in enhanced system performance, significant cost savings and cost avoidance, and increased personnel survivability.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The MANPRINT program is now taking the lead to develop a unified set of recommendations regarding the Human Systems Integration FY09. We continue to forge new alliances with the testing and evaluation, rapid equipment fielding, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and the other Services to expand MANPRINT analysis and application. The Army MANPRINT office attends bi-monthly JIEDDO Integrated Process Team meetings to review emerging technologies to ensure their suitability for deployment.

In addition, MANPRINT training courses are being proliferated to system developer groups, analysis practitioner forums, and acquisition managers, including a standard block of instruction at Defense Acquisition University.

Why is this important to the Army?
Tomorrow's operations will include continuous deployments in complex environments where Soldiers will have new equipment, technology, and doctrine. The Army's combat effectiveness and readiness depend on equipping our Soldier's with equipment that meets their needs and allows them to accomplish their assigned missions.

 
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