The Air Force PT uniform - make sure you wear it right
by 1st Lt. Larry van der Oord
Last week's wing run marked the first time many MacDill members debuted their new Air Force physical training uniforms. The wing looked great running, and the new uniforms looked sharp... for the most part.
Because you're wearing shorts and a t-shirt, it's sometimes easy to forget that the PT uniform is, in fact, a uniform.
The uniform has specific guidelines for how and when it should be worn, and as Airmen we are expected to look professional in all our uniforms.
There are a few key things to remember when sporting the new PT uniform. It is perfectly fine to wear any combination of the PT uniform items together. For example, Airmen may wear the jacket with t-shirt and shorts or the t-shirt alone with the pants. But remember, t-shirts must be tucked in, and jackets, when worn, must be at least half zipped. The pants are also required to be zipped at the legs.
Spandex shorts in navy blue or black may be worn under the PT shorts, and full length leggings may be worn during cold weather. White, ankle or calf-length socks with conservative trademark logos should be worn with the PT uniform. As for shoes, they must be a conservative color as well (white, black, dark blue, etc).
Another important thing to remember when wearing any uniform is the practice of saluting ranking officers. While hats are not required while wearing the PT uniform, Airmen may sometimes be required to salute. Saluting is not required when performing PT activities, but a proper salute is necessary when passing individuals with appropriate rank and not performing PT activities.
Hair must be neat and it is not allowed to hang below the collar, and females must make sure it's tied back.
The requirements for wear of a reflective belt with the PT uniform will be at the discretion of the wing commander. Jewelry will follow normal uniform rules, but make sure to always keep safety in mind.
Even though a mandatory wear date has not yet been established, more and more Airmen are beginning to wear the PT uniform. As the uniform becomes more common throughout the Air Force, undoubtedly closer attention will be paid to its proper wear. So be proactive and make sure you wear the new PT uniform properly.
As military professionals we must uphold the image of the Air Force, so proper wear of uniforms on and off base is imperative to all members of the wing.