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Modified physical training uniform (jacket and pant)
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Senior Airman James Debiase, 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency manager, models the current physical training uniform (left) and the modified PT uniform (right) here April 13. Airman Debiase was selected to field-test the modified PT uniform while deployed here from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and to provide feedback to leadership at the end of April. Sergeant Debiase's hometown is Glastonbury, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano)
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Proper wear of the Air Force PT uniform

Posted 5/25/2010   Updated 5/25/2010 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Master Sgt. Pat Hendrix
20th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant

5/25/2010 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- I have received many questions regarding the proper wear of the physical training uniform. I have also noticed and corrected many Airmen wearing the PT uniform improperly. We all have access to the updated AFI 36-2903. However, I will gladly highlight a few points:

1) Short and long-sleeve tee shirts are supposed to be tucked into shorts or running pants. The sleeves should not be pushed up, cut up or removed.

2) Short and full-length solid black or dark blue spandex is acceptable to wear under the running shorts.

3) Solid gray or white long-sleeve undershirts may be worn during cold-weather conditions.

4) All personal grooming standards apply while participating in physical fitness activities (long female hair will be secured but may have loose ends).

5) Be sure to apply all proper military customs and courtesies honoring the flag during reveille and retreat.

6) Headphones and earphones are authorized while in the fitness center or on designated running areas unless prohibited by the installation commander.

Simply put, the PT uniform is a uniform. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the proper wear and to professionally and respectfully correct anyone not adhering to the standards. Please use the proper chain of command if you still have questions.

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