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Army Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

Physical Demands Ratings

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The physical demands rating indicates the relative physical work requirements of a soldier to perform the MOS in a combat environment. The rating is the result of a physical demands analysis that assesses in detail the physical work requirements for every entry level MOS. The military enlistment physical strength capacity test, developed to classify each MOS according to work requirements as those requirements should be performed under combat conditions, is designed to assign soldiers to jobs for which they are physically qualified. The overall objective of MOS Physical Demands Analysis is jobrelated support for the genderfree screening of soldiers.

The five physical demands categories are:

    LIGHT -- Lift on an occasional basis a maximum of 20 pounds with frequent or constant lifting of 10 pounds.

    MEDIUM -- Lift on an occasional basis a maximum of 50 pounds with frequent or constant lifting of 25 pounds.

    MODERATELY HEAVY -- Lift on an occasional basis a maximum of 80 pounds with frequent or constant lifting of 40 pounds.

    HEAVY -- Lift on an occasional basis a maximum of 100 pounds with frequent or constant lifting of 50 pounds.

    VERY HEAVY -- Lift on an occasional basic over 100 pounds with frequent or constant lifting in excess of 50 pounds.

Information derived from Army Pamplet 611-21

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