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Army Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

Explanation of Terms


Physical demands. Physical demands rating and qualifications for initial award of MOS.

Physical demands rating. 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. Pending publication of an Army Regulation outlining personnel proponent responsibilities and methodology for assessing physical demands, the procedures outlined in Women in the Army Policy Review, appendix G, 12 November 1982 will be utilized by personnel proponents to prepare physical demands analysis work sheets. Completed work sheets will be forwarded to CG PERSCOM, ATTN: TAPCPLCC, Suite 3N59, 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA 223320406.

The MOS specifications in chapter 10 describe the general physical performance duties at each skill level. These duties should be used to assess the need for MOS reclassification due to physical limitations and to aid in the selection of suitable MOS for those soldiers requiring reclassification. 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 - Life on an occasional basic over 100 pounds with frequent or constant lifting in excess of 50 pounds.

physical profile, series (PULHES).

The PULHES identifies the broad physical demands of a MOS and the physical ability required of an individual to perform the duties required by the MOS. The physical profile, serials associated with individual MOS provide a more precise means of matching individuals to positions. The physical profile, serial PULHES classifies physical abilities in terms of six factors designated as follows:

    P-Physical capacity or stamina.

    U-Upper extremities.

    L-Lower extremities.

    H-Hearing and ear.



physical profile, serials associated with the various MOS are guides only used to determine the initial selection of basic combat trainees (including enlistees for MOS options) for advanced individual training. The profile established at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is the basis for determining initial training assignments for all personnel entering the Army.

The PULHES listed for each MOS will not be used as the sole basis for determining PMOS retention, disqualification, reclassification, or change when a soldier is issued a profile with a "3" or "4" in one or more ofthe PULHES factors. The issuance of a profile indicates to the commander that a detailed review of the soldier's medical condition is appropriate.

Color vision. A statement depicting normal color vision or red/green color discrimination, as required. Color vision requirements are defined as follows:

Normal color vision is the ability to pass any of the pseudoisochromatic tests for color vision in current use.

Red/green color discrimination is the ability to distinguish between red and green, either by printed chart, a projected chart, lantern or other clinically valid method.

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