Improved physical training uniform sized for both sexes

By Brad Jessmer: Air Force Uniform Office

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The new, improved physical training uniform, or IPTU, has seen many improvements from the current PTU and sizing also has improved for both sexes.

“We have received much feedback from the field,” said Maj. Eric Habersberger, the deputy chief of the Air Force Uniform Office. “We have made a strong effort to meet needs and ensure our airmen have a comfortable, durable and well-fitting uniform. Sizing is aligned closer to commercial, off-the-shelf sizing, unlike the current PTU.”

To accommodate both men and women, new sizes of PTU shorts range from extra small to extra, extra large. They are made in a boxer style out of 100 percent polyester with a full-fitting anti-odor treated liner. The trunk inseam has been lengthened approximately one inch and side seam pockets have been added with closures. The waist elastic has been relaxed and also fitted with a barrel-lock drawstring for adjustable comfort.

The T-shirt is now available in a 100 percent polyester long sleeve and poly/cotton blend short sleeve. Both shirts contain a moisture management system that disperses moisture. The new polyester/cotton T-shirt also includes an anti-odor coating.

The running suit now has a “loose fit” for both men and women that allows more comfort and flexibility, while avoiding a baggy appearance. Both the pants and jacket contain a white 100 percent polyester mini-mesh anti-odor liner that disperses moisture and minimizes odor.

Sizes now available for the running pants range from XX-Small to XX-Large, with different lengths available in X-Short, Short, Regular, Long and X-Long for each size. The pants retain an elastic waistband that is relaxed for a comfortable fit with a barrel lock waist drawstring for adjustable tension. Pant pockets now have a Velcro closure. Each pant leg has a more relaxed elastic band and side zipper at the ankle to make it easier to dress over shoes.

The running jacket is available in sizes from XX-Small to XX-Large, with length variants of X-Short, Short, Regular and Long for each size. The hood has been removed as well as the arm vents, due to the breathability of the fabric. The two-inch reflective “V” has been upgraded to aid in greater visibility

According to AFUO officials, by following label care instructions, each IPTU item is designed to retain its moisture management and reflectivity capabilities when laundered at home.

The complete IPTU is an optional uniform authorized for wear. According to a policy letter issued Oct. 28, 2009, by officials at Headquarters Air Force Manpower and Personnel (A1), even though the IPTU is made to be identical to the current PTU, components of the running suits are not to be mixed.

IPTU availability is based on several factors including duty location. Shipments to deployed locations will take priority, followed by Pacific and European theaters. Worldwide rollout of the IPTU trunks will be available through Army Air Force Exchange Service starting in late August, while the running suit will be available sometime late September. The IPTU T-shirt release date is still to be determined. According to AAFES officials, the IPTU will be in short supply at first. But once all military clothing stores have received shipments, the IPTU will be available via Internet purchase worldwide around October.

The current PTU, not the IPTU, is being issued to airmen at basic military training.

For locations receiving Air Force clothing from Army stores, availability will be limited. However, IPTUs will be available through special order at the servicing military clothing store.