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New PT uniforms ready to hit the shelves the Navy's new physical training or PT uniforms are ready to hit NEX uniform center shelves beginning this spring. to ensure there are enough uniforms in stock to meet demand the Navy exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is rolling out the uniforms in three waves.

"We want to ensure the rollout of the new PT uniform goes as smoothly as possible," said Cmdr. Mark Friermood, director, NEXCOM's Uniform Program Management Office.

"Creating these waves allows us to watch our stock levels to ensure that the product meets the demand and that our manufacturers can keep us in stock. We know Sailors are enthusiastic to get the new uniforms, and we assure you, over the next five months everyone will."

The new PT uniforms consist of a gold shirt with reflective Navy lettering and blue shorts with Navy lettering and reflective markings, and will also be required wear for all group and unit physical training in the Navy, as well as the semi-annual physical fitness tests.

"It's to support the culture of fitness and provide a uniformality among Sailors," said Robert Carroll, the head of the naval uniform office at Chief of Naval Personnel. "To achieve this, the Navy's leadership decided to adopt the new PT uniform."

Although the new PT uniform is a must for Sailors, they need not have to worry about paying the extra costs. Since Oct. 1, 2007, uniform replacement allowance was adjusted to allow for the purchase of two sets of short sleeve shirts and shorts.

The short sleeve gold performance PT shirt sells for $10.99 while the blue nylon shorts, available in two inseam lengths, six inch and eight inch, are $13.99. While only the short sleeve PT shirt and shorts are mandatory, there are other optional PT gear that will be available for purchase. Compression shorts are $9.99 for men's and ladies' regular length and $11.99 for the men's long length; long sleeved gold performance PT shirts are $11.99; 2-pack performance quarter length socks with arch support are $3.75 and 2-pack no show socks with arch support are $3.55.

The first delivery wave began in April when Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., issued the gear to new recruits, and simultaneously, flag officers, commanding officers and command master chiefs also had, and still do, the opportunity to purchase the new uniforms by calling the Navy exchange uniform call center.

"It's called leading from the front," said Carroll when explaining why a commanding officer can get his PT uniforms right away. "The Navy wants to lead its Sailors from the top."

In May, Sailors stationed in Virginia; West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Pennsylvania; California; Indiana and Illinois can begin purchasing uniforms from their local NEX.

NEXs in Hawaii; Europe; Japan; Guam; the Northwest and Southwest, which includes Jacksonville, Key West, Orlando and Mayport, Fla.; Georgia; Cuba; and South Carolina will stock the PT uniform beginning in June.

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The final wave, which begins in August, will include NEXs in Rhode Island; New York; Connecticut; Maine; New Jersey; Mississippi; Louisiana; Texas; and Pensacola (Whiting Field and Corry Station) and Panama City, Fla.

In August, Sailors will also be able to purchase the PT uniform through the Uniform Support Center's toll-free phone center or its Web site at www.navy-nex.com.

Story by Kristine M. Sturkie, Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs.
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Title Annotation:Around the Fleet
Author:Sturkie, Kristine M.
Publication:All Hands
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2008
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