WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Adm. Mike Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations, approved the first Navy physical fitness uniform for all Sailors E-1 through O-10 this week.
"The goal was to design a uniform for wear during command directed group and unit PT activities and that our Sailors will be proud to wear," said Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel. "What CNO has delivered more than meets that goal."
The uniform consists of a gold short sleeved shirt and Navy blue shorts. The shirt is moisture wicking and odor resistant polyester with Navy in reflective lettering on back with and front.
The nylon moisture wicking and odor resistant Navy blue shorts come in six and eight inch lengths, providing standard appearance among different height Sailors, it also has reflective piping and reflective Navy lettering. The shorts have side pockets with a hidden ID card pocket inside the waistband.
"We carefully evaluated the materials, styling and functionality in designing this uniform," said Harvey. "We looked at the lessons learned from the other services and got feedback from our Sailors - young, mature, male, female, officer and enlisted - and arrived at this design."
"This is a high quality, high performance product that I know our Sailors will be proud to wear, because we asked them," Harvey added.
Upon delivery to the fleet, anticipated to be spring 2008, all command directed physical training and semi-annual physical fitness tests will be performed while wearing the PT uniform. However, the uniform does not have to be worn during individual exercise.
"Sailors may still wear personal PT gear when not participating in command PT activities or the semi annual fitness tests," said Robert Carroll, Head, Navy Uniform Matters Office.
Uniform availability at uniform centers and command uniform distribution activities will be phased in beginning with major Fleet concentration areas in spring 2008. Reserve enlisted will be issued uniforms by their commands.
Sailors' clothing replacement allowance will be adjusted starting October 1, 2007 to allow for the purchase of two sets of short sleeve shirts and shorts.
"We have designated optional items including a long-sleeved shirt, compression shorts, head gear and running shoes which can be worn during these events," said Carroll. A Navy wind suit is also in the works.
A NAVADMIN providing more detailed information on uniform wear policy will be released soon on www.npc.navy.mil.
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