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The Army Is Ditching Its Gray PT Uniforms For This Fancy New Workout Gear
October 1 marks a sad day for the Army’s classic gray IPFU uniforms as the branch moves on to sleeker option: the Army Physical Fitness Uniform. By that date, the new, darker duds will be the Army-wide standard and required gear for all soldiers.
The switch is a big deal: The APFU makes 32 alterations from the old uniform, including “improved identification/key pockets, a redesigned stretchable lining in the trunks, heat mitigation and female sizing.” The new digs are black with gold text, and the clothing is no longer a simple cotton, but a quick-drying breathable “high-performance” fabric. And did we mention the shorts have usable pockets? Seriously, pockets. Ours is the greatest military force in the history of earth.
“Soldiers' feedback prompted the development of the APFU,” according to an ALARACT memo to soldiers in Sept. 2014. “To gauge accurately the soldiers' opinions, the army conducted an online survey.”
That questionnaire garnered more than 76,000 soldier responses, revealing that they wanted modifications to the outfit’s appearance, as well as “the addition of high-performance fabrics, and measures to increase comfort and fit.” (There’s no word yet on when, or if, Forever 21 will be making shitty knockoffs of these new APFU shirts, the way they did with the gray ones.)
While the much-anticipated change has been received well by most of the Army, some soldiers are still waxing nostalgic about the old gray PT uniforms, according to a recent Army news release.
“Sgt. Christopher Davis Garland, from Company C, 742nd Military Intelligence Battalion, said he likes the overall look and feel of the new uniform and is supportive of the switch, but will miss the cottony feel of the grey reflective shirt,” says an Army release about the APFU.
One sergeant quoted in the release said he’d miss the “cottony feel” of the old gray reflective shirt.
He said the retired gear would probably still get a lot of play in his wardrobe, you know, “when doing yardwork.”
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.
US troops will not burn and pillage like Genghis Khan's hordes as a result of Trump intervening in war crimes cases, Milley says
The U.S. military will not disintegrate into an undisciplined horde following President Donald Trump's recent intervention in three war crimes cases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley assured lawmakers on Wednesday.
Milley was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee when he was pressed by Iraq war veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) about the president's actions in the cases of former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, and retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher.
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The new defense bill would create a public database for every complaint made about privatized housing
Among the dozens of requirements outlined in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act is the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to create a public database for privatized housing complaints.
So, that will be... a lot.