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Price drop! New PT gear to cost less than $100

Jul. 1, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Airman field-tests modified PT uniform in Iraq
The improved physical training uniform will cost less than $100 beginning in October, the lowest price since 2009. (Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano/Air Force)
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The new PT warmup uniform is going to cost you less than $100, the lowest price for PT gear since 2009.

The improved physical training uniform — known as the IPTU — will cost $99.61 for the jacket and pants combination, a 21 percent drop from the current price under a new contract with the manufacturer National Institute of the Blind.

Older uniforms — still being worn by many airmen because of their high replacement cost and the short supply of the IPTU — cost airmen $110.05.

The new price is a result of using a lighter-weight, less expensive fabric, Defense Logistics Agency spokeswoman Michelle McCaskill told Air Force Times. The Air Force was also able to save in labor costs by “removing the hood and sleeve vents on the IPTU jacket,” McCaskill said.

The new price goes into effect in October, when the Air Force will begin issuing the IPTU as part of the standard-issue clothing bag for men and women entering the service.

Meanwhile, the new uniform will be in short supply throughout the summer as DLA works with the contractor to ramp up production and clear Army and Air Force Exchange Service shelves of the old warmup, the Air Force said.

Air Force spokesman Maj. Matt Hasson said the process would phase out the old warmups, but airmen are still given the option to wear the PTU warmups as long as they are in good condition.If an airman should purchase an IPTU this summer at the higher price, he will not get a rebate in October, AAFES spokesman Staff Sgt. Mark Matthews said in an email to Air Force Times.

The price drop — particularly for the jacket — should be welcome news to airmen.

Under the new contract, the jacket will cost $60.76 and the pants, $38.85, Matthews said.

That is a drop from the current IPTU price of $81.84 for the jacket and $44.41 for the pants.

It is also a drop from the PTU price: $67.15 for the jacket and $42.90 for the pants.

An airman’s replacement allowance is $22.38 per year for the jacket and $14.30 for the pants.

While supplies are low, officials said airmen should rely physical training uniform combinations outlined in Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel.” Airmen should not “mix/match the PTU/IPTU running suit jacket and running suit pants,” the AFI states.

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