The Navy released the details on its new physical training uniform (PTU) on March 20.
The new Navy physical training uniform consists of a gold t-shirt and blue shorts. The t-shirt will have the word "NAVY" in safety reflective letters on the back and on the front. The shorts will have the Navy seal on the left leg.
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.
The Navy will begin issuing the new PTUs at Recruit Training (basic training) 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 (NEX) around the world, costing about $50 for the required two sets of PTUs.
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.
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.
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.
According to Navy Administrative Message 94/08, active duty enlisted sailors will see an increase in their annual clothing allowance to facilitate purchasing the uniform prior to September 30, 2008. Enlisted reserve componant sailors will be issued the PTU by their chain of command upon availability.