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Maintain standards - from head to toe

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  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
Airmen are required to maintain physical fitness standards all year long. Warmer weather usually leads to more people exercising outdoors, and maybe buying new running shoes.

When in the market for new athletic shoes, there are a few things Airmen must keep in mind, if they plan to wear them with the Air Force Physical Training Uniform.

According to AFI 36-2903, Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel, athletic shoes must be conservative (plain, no bright/loud or excessive ornamentation). Socks must also be worn, must be white and may have small trademark logos.

There are many different styles of athletic shoes available, and most found in stores do not fit the standards for the AFPTU. However, Airmen can usually find conservative alternatives to their favorite styles on the company websites.

Additionally, black, dark blue or sage green hats/winter caps (knit) are authorized to wear with the AFPTU. Ensure they maintain a professional military image, with no logos. Bandanas and other similar headscarves/headgear are not authorized unless due to a medical waiver condition.

Although the weather is warming up, Airmen may still choose to wear running tights or leggings under the AFPTU. Spandex shorts and leggings (navy blue or black) may be worn under PT shorts.

Spring is a great time to change up a tired workout routine people have been performing all winter; just remember to maintain standards when wearing the AFPTU.