WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy introduced its new physical training uniform (PTU) to the world, in a photo shoot, March 20-21.
The PTU consist of a gold shirt with reflective Navy lettering and blue shorts with Navy lettering and reflective markings.
The new uniforms will be required for all group and unit physical training (PT) 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."
The new PTUs will begin hitting the Navy, with Recruit Training Command, in April, and will phase into the rest of the fleet between May and September. Sailors will be able to pick up their uniforms at Navy Exchanges around the world, costing $50 for the required two sets of PTUs.
Simultaneous with the official fleet rollout of the uniform, flag officers, commanding officers and command master chiefs will have the opportunity to purchase their PTUs 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 PTUs right away. "The Navy wants to lead its Sailors from the top."
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