Morale: Everyone's A Fashion Critic


July 20, 2008:Four months ago, the U.S. Navy issued official exercise uniforms. Now orders have been issued about how to wear them. For example, when doing mandatory PT (physical training), the t-shirts must be tucked in. But when exercising on their own, the t-shirts don't have to be tucked in. And so on.

The black shorts and gold t-shirt of the new PT uniform are both made of synthetic materials that are moisture wicking (more rapidly disperses perspiration) and odor resistant (self-explanatory). The piping on the shorts and the "Navy" lettering on shorts and t-shirt are reflective (to make the wearer more visible to motorists at night.)

Technically, these uniforms are for organized PT, although sailors can also wear them when off-duty. Each sailor will be issued two sets. There are also optional items, like long-sleeved shirt, compression shorts, head gear and running shoes that all use the same color scheme. A track suit is in the works as well.

Sailors have long complained of the lack of official exercise gear, mainly because the other services have it and that stuff looks cool. The admirals think it looks even cooler when the shirt is tucked in.


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