Hey airmen, tired of your old “swishy” warmups? Air Force Times writer Oriana Pawlyk has some good news for you.
The Air Force’s announcement in 2009 that improved PT warmups would soon be available was welcome news to airmen who complained about the “swish” and discomfort of the standard-issue baggy warmups they had been wearing since 2005.
But when the improved physical training uniform hit the shelves at Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations the following year, it was up to airmen to use their clothing replacement allowance to buy the better-fitting version made of more breathable fabric. And the replacement allowance — at $22.38 per year for the jacket and $14.30 for the pants — covered one-third of the cost of the $67.15 for the jacket and $42.90 for the pants.
Now, four years after the IPTU first became available to airmen, the Air Force will begin issuing the updated warmup as part of the standard-issue clothing bag for men and women entering the service. All recruits and cadets will start receiving the IPTU on Oct. 1, Air Force officials said.