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Bar Stools and Counter Stools. Women's Slip On Shoes. Men's Hiking and Trail Shoes. Women's Jackets and Coats. Baby and Kids' Apparel. According to the NavAdmin, the suit's intended purpose is to be worn over the Navy's PT shorts and shirt during group or unity physical training as well as during the semi-annual physical readiness test, the message said.
When it's worn as an official uniform for fitness, the message states, the jacket should be zipped at least three quarters up the chest and the sleeve cuffs will extend beyond the wrist but not beyond the lower knuckle of the thumb. The pants will be worn "fully on the waist" and the legs must fall over the shoes being worn, but can't touch the ground. Optionally, it's OK to wear either command ball caps or Navy watch caps as head gear, depending on the weather.
As a liberty uniform, the uniform can be worn as a unit or the as separate components. However, local commanding officers or regional commanders could set other rules for their wear, too, if they want.
Where it can't be worn is while in a duty status in place of the normal uniform of the day. In addition, it's not authorized when on base for anything other than for physical fitness or liberty. This means it can not be worn to medical appointments or while conducting business with personnel support detachments or while on any other official Navy business. The suit sizing was designed to compensate for shrinkage that is expected to happen during the first five washings. The suit is expected to last 48 months before it should be replaced.
Navy officials first announced plans to develop an official Navy warm-up suit in as part of the total Navy physical training uniform package authorized by then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen.
But multiple development efforts were attempted and scrapped along the way. The current design came from a mixture of style and functional features of both the Marine Corp's warmup suit and those issued to midshipmen at the Naval Academy.
Originally slated to be available for purchase in January, officials slipped the rollout to July to allow the manufacturer to correct problems that arose during production. Faram is a senior writer and covers personnel, cultural and historical issues for Navy Times.
Faram joined the Navy Times in From he was a staff photographer for all the Military Times, before returning to writing in A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from to as a Navy Diver and photographer.
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