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THE IMPROVED PHYSICAL FITNESS Uniform (IPFU) is replacing the current physical fitness uniform (PFU) as a clothing bag item. Effective 15 August 2000, the IPFU will be issued from clothing initial issue points (CIIPs) to soldiers undergoing initial entry training (IET), and will be available for purchase in all Army Military Clothing Sales Stores by all other active duty soldiers.

The U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve will begin issue-in-kind in October 2000; and reserve component soldiers undergoing IET will receive the uniforms through the CIIPs.

The IPFU ensemble consists of a gray and black jacket; black pants; black, moisture-wicking trunks; a gray, moisture-wicking short-sleeved T-shirt; and a gray, moisture-wicking, long-sleeved T-shirt.

An IET soldier will receive from the CIIPs three pairs of trunks, two long-sleeved T-shirts, three short-sleeved T-shirts, two gray sweatpants, and two gray sweatshirts (these are different from the current PFU sweatshirts and sweatpants). The sweatpants and sweatshirts will be issued at the CIIPs only and will not be available for purchase. IET soldiers, will receive the IPFU jacket and pants from the CIIPs during Phase II of basic combat training.

By 1 October 2003, each soldier must have one jacket, one pair of pants, two pairs of trunks, two short-sleeved T-shirts, and one long-sleeved T-shirt. The wearout date for the current PFU is 30 September 2003.

Each item of the IPFU ensemble is identified by a national stock number (NSN) and a Defense Logistics Agency contract number printed on a label sewn into the garment. If the label does not contain this information, the garment is not the one authorized.

The following is the Army's wear policy for the IPFU:

Authorized Accessories:

* Black knit cap.

* Commanders may authorize the wear of commercial running shoes; calf-length or ankle-length plain white socks (with no logos); gloves; reflective belts or vests; long underwear; and other items appropriate to the weather conditions and type of activity. If soldiers wear long underwear or similar items, jacket and pants must conceal them.

* Soldiers may not mix or match IPFU and PFU items. When wearing the IPFU as a complete uniform, soldiers will keep the jacket sleeves rolled down, the pants legs down, and the shirt tucked inside the trunks. Standards of wear and appearance specified in Paragraphs 1-7 and 1-8 of AR 670-1 apply at all times when wearing the IPFU as a complete uniform.

Occasions for wear:

* The IPFU is authorized for wear on and off duty, on and off the installation, when authorized by the commander.

* The IPFU is authorized for wear in transit between an individual's quarters and duty station.

* Soldiers may wear all or parts of the IPFU, on or off the installation, when authorized by the commander.

* The only insignia authorized for wear on the IPFU is the Physical Fitness Badge. When the badge is worn, it is sewn on the upper left front side of the IPFU T-shirt and jacket. (See AR 6008-22 for criteria for the wear of the Physical Fitness Badge.)

* Commanders should expect to see both uniforms (the PFU and the IPFU) in their formations until all soldiers acquire the IPFU by the mandatory possession date of 1 October 2003 (FY 04).

This information will be incorporated into the revision of AR 670-1.
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Title Annotation:US Army uniforms
Publication:Infantry Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2000

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