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Your New PT Uniform Could Be This Sleek

A slide showing a possible update to the Air Force PT uniform was leaked to the Facebook page "Air Force amn/nco/snco." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
A slide showing a possible update to the Air Force PT uniform was leaked to the Facebook page "Air Force amn/nco/snco." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

As the U.S. Air Force mulls a change to its physical training uniforms, one proposal may give airmen a sleeker look while working out.

According to a recently leaked presentation posted on the Facebook page Air Force Amn/Nco/Snco, the service is looking to give airmen more modern and form-fitting clothing options for PT.

But airmen shouldn't get their hopes up just yet. Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Allison Kojak told Military.com on Wednesday that a final decision has not been made.

"The Air Force conducts continuous product improvement initiatives for all uniform and equipment items to outfit the force in best-of-class designs to enhance readiness," she said in an email.

"One recommendation from last year's 100th Annual Uniform Board was to consider a change to the Physical Training Gear (PTG) or a modification to the PTG fabric," Kojak said. "As Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force [Kaleth O. Wright] indicated in August ... the PTG is currently in review; however, there have been no decisions to change the uniform at this time."

The presentation, titled "Physical Training Uniform Development" and authored by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, gives airmen eight attire choices, including a T-shirt, sweatshirt, quarter-zip pullover, jacket with hood, track pants, trunks, compression leggings and a compression shirt, all in the traditional Air Force blue-gray color scheme.

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The T-shirt, jacket, track pants and trunks would all be standard issue, according to the slides.

A spokesperson told Military.com on background that the slides are predecisional and haven't made their way to top leadership such as Wright, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson just yet.

The slides are dated Nov. 20. There was no information regarding cost or timeline posted on the available slides.

The Air Force last updated its PT uniforms in 2014 with a new warm-up set as part of the standard-issue clothing bag. A similar update came in 2009 to rid the service of the infamous track suits that would "swish" when working out.

Wright told Air Force Times in August that the service is working on a new PT uniform style that could include a "moisture-wicking fabric" to absorb sweat in harsh environments.

A new uniform scheme could be rolled out as early as 2019, Wright told Air Force Times.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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