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A New PT Uniform For The US Air Force?

Facebook group Air Force AMN/NCO/SNCO posted a couple of slides of proposed Physical Training Uniform Designs.

What do you think?

37 Responses to “A New PT Uniform For The US Air Force?”

  1. CAVStrong says:

    I am jealous of the quarter zip sweatshirt.

  2. Ground Pounder says:

    Yaa yoga pants! Dang….. At least there’s actual running length shorts instead of just basket ball shorts.

  3. jellydonut says:

    I think it’s amazing that someone gets paid to do this when you can buy COTS with the air force logo embroidered in bulk.

  4. Marcus says:


    Plenty of options to choose from. About. Damn. Time.

    • Yawnz says:

      Because options matter. Imagine having such a lacking personality that you actually give a shit about having options for a PT uniform.

  5. ABP says:

    of course the AF couldn’t be one-upped by the Army who (needlessly) decided to refresh their PTs a few years ago. I mean after all, the current AF PTs are modeled after the 00s Army IPFU. We can’t have that, it’s so passe! LMFAO that there’s official (albeit optional) leggings?! I mean a male version has to be authorized too, right?! So there will be official man leggings (aka MEGGINGS). This is too much…

  6. GANDIS says:

    Please no. Just no. What we have is fine. I would be willing to bet that 95% of people wear their PT gear once a week, at most, for some sort of organized PT. The other times it’s all civilian attire. I don’t want to drop major money on new stuff that is rarely worn or utilized. I still have not upgraded from gen 1 when they came out in the mid 2000s. There’s no need. If they really want to waste time, manpower, and money on uniform items, get rid of the McPeak-esque blues.

    • b_rawrd says:

      I about died laughing at the “95% of people wear their PT gear once a week”. Classic Air Force.

    • Marcus says:

      Well, good to know I’m in the 5% club. Flutter-kick hell alone wears on the back of my PT gear and I’m only replacing stuff when I look like Hobo-Rag Ghillie Man.

      Honestly, some in this group would complain about the quality of a bj.

      • GANDIS says:

        Do you choose to wear PT gear multiple times a week? Or are you required to wear PT gear multiple times a week? Im not talking about working out, I’m talking about strictly wear of AF PT gear. Big difference between the two questions.

        • Marcus says:

          The update in AFI 36-2903 for PTG mandated wear during PFA, organized PT and individual/personal training. I believe some of that is at command discretion.

          • GANDIS says:

            You are almost correct. The AFI does not say that PTU is mandated for individual/personal training. That would be unenforceable. It’s says this :
            “7.1.2. Wear of the PTU/IPTU is mandatory during physical fitness assessments and while participating in organized PT events as designated by the commander. In addition, if PTU/IPTU items are worn during individual/personal PT, the following guidelines apply (exceptions noted):”

            PTU CAN be worn for personal PT but if it is there are some guidelines.

      • Dave says:

        Well, some flavors of Ben and Jerry’s are better than others.

      • Yawnz says:

        And some people apparently put too much care into the appearance of their issued work-out wear outside of cleanliness. I’m sure some random civilian or Instagram follower’s opinion on how you look flopping around on the ground covered in your own sweat matters so much.

        Point is that there’s zero logical reason to change this. Waste of money and development time.

  7. Kirk says:

    I think there’s an equation to be written where you take how fancy and elaborate the uniform is, and that’s inversely proportional to how good the organization is at that arena… Maybe marching bands, where the point is to be like human peacocks…? Those might not be cases where that applies.

    But, I submit to you that the Air Force is perhaps, maybe, not the first US military formation that comes to mind when thinking of physical fitness. And, I’ll further point out, they’ve got (and, have had…) the fanciest and most visually impressive dedicated PT uniform.

    Meanwhile, the Marines are just out there in something very simple, and have been wearing about the same set of green shorts and T-shirt for most of their PT needs since I can’t remember when. You go hit Google images for “Marine Physical Fitness Training Uniform”, and you’re gonna be hard-pressed to figure out what era the picture was taken, because… They haven’t changed ’em. They just do PT in them.

    I’ll bet you money that you can do a long-term study, and find that the more emphasis there is on the fancy PT uniform, the less actual, y’know… PT is getting done.

    Just sayin’…

    • Adam says:

      It’s cause we’re broke. PT shorts cost $12 at the px. Enough pool tome and the chlorine made them tan then you were the cool guy in UDTs.


      • Yawnz says:

        Broke or not, why waste money on new work-out wear purely for the appearance? What quantifiable advantage does this new PT uniform have over the old one?

    • mikemike says:

      the green track suit looks awful

  8. b_rawrd says:

    This is hilarious and I can only hope the USAF opens it up to a poll so we can elect the most absurd biker jersey shirts and spandex shorts as their PT uniform.

  9. Adun says:

    I actually think these look rather cool and it seems to be the most modern styling for a PT uniform for all of the branches.

  10. No_Way_Nolet says:

    My view on this (on my third different style of PTU), if I’m going to pay for it I should at least like wearing it. I think thats why most AF members wear their own PT clothes, our current PTU is terrible.

  11. Scott says:

    What I think? Honestly I would be satisfied with keeping the current style and changing the shirts to a moisture wicking material. Though it would be nice if they could figure out how to keep the shorts from bunching up in the groin and causing chafing.

  12. DEM says:

    The comment section of any post regarding a uniform change for the US military is always good reading and full of colorful replies

  13. Stefan S. says:

    Remember the old Af when they showed up once a year wearing whatever they wanted, and ended up looking like a gay pride march?

  14. Liam Babington says:

    I think it works better that what I had in the AF

  15. Liam Babington says:

    I think it works better that what I had in the AF!! I would consider buying a couple of pieces just for the coolness factor!!

  16. Bob says:

    The one thing I never see when PTs are discussed is a hat to protect your head from the sun. The cammies always have an prescribed piece of headgear, but us bald guys are always in the lurch when it comes to wearing PTs on a sunny day.

    I’ll echo the earlier comment about the Marines’ PT gear. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just shorts, shirt, and a sweatsuit. You aren’t likely to be PT’ing long enough to need the fancy stuff anyway.

    • GANDIS says:

      Actually, you can have an Air Force blue baseball cap in PT gear. It’s been like that for a while, just no one does it.

      • Bob says:

        Hmm, my only experience is with the Army, but my point stands. There are never any standard PT gloves either. I know in the stone ages when I first enlisted we wore our shell gloves and liners, but I think something purpose built for PT would be more effective.

  17. Thulsa Doom says:

    I’m old enough to remember when the USAF didn’t have organizational PT uniforms and when they showed up for installation runs etc on other service installations, there were snickers about “The Homeless Brigade.”

    Practical considerations in the modern male/female integrated force: I think the giant logos on the chest stretched across three dimensions is going to be problematic, especially on busty female troops and draw unneeded attention. I also thing leggings/yoga pants are a bad idea if you don’t want comments about asses and camel toe. I can see the value for airmen with religious modesty issues, however. I just cant see them approved as an outer garment. Are T-shirts going to be tucked in or will it be the “I’ve got my oversized T-shirt covering my ass and while I sip my latte” look?

    I think some fit tweaks and adding a windvest or insulation layer to the current blue knockoff of the Army IPFU is probably the wisest COA for taxpayer dollars and effectiveness.

  18. Ton E says:

    Nice to see we’re following the Army’s lead and changin PT uniforms for no reason! Lol

  19. Vince says:

    Gay. As. Fuck.

  20. paul says:

    I like how people are complaining about appearances of PT uniform, “just do pt in it” but will go out and buy personally selected pieces of civilian PT gear that appeal to them…probably with a nice big logo somewhere.