Army seeks input on changes to PT uniform
By DAN BLOTTENBERGER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 9, 2012
BAMBERG, Germany — Added warmth? Additional reflective material? Greater comfort? The Army wants to know what changes soldiers would like to see to their physical training uniforms.
An online survey posted on Army Knowledge Online, or AKO, is asking soldiers their thoughts on improving the uniform. You can take the survey two ways, via a secure online survey page requiring a Common Access Card, or a version of the survey that does not require a CAC.
All active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers can rate each piece of the uniform individually and suggest improvements. Soldiers are asked to rate the appearance, durability and reflectivity.
The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, will remain active for 30 days from the time it was posted Feb. 6, said officials at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command.
In Bamberg on Thursday, Spc. Michael Parson and other soldiers decided to work out indoors as snow fell outside. Parson said it would be nice if the uniforms provided a little more warmth. However, he was satisfied overall. Others agreed.
“I’m good with what we have, just wish it was a little different when the winter came,” said Sgt. George Ellis, of Fort Campbell, Ky.
“Reflective material for the pants,” Spc. Gary Pritt, of Camp Zama, Japan, suggested.
The results of the survey will help to determine if changes will be made to the current uniform. TRADOC will make recommendations based on the results to the Army Uniform Board, Harvey Perritt, deputy chief of public affairs at TRADOC wrote in an email.
Spc. Michael Parson, of Bamberg, Germany, conducts physical training at the Freedom Fitness Facility on Warner Barracks on Thursday. Soldiers can make recommendations for changes to the current physical training uniform by logging onto AKO and completing the survey on the current Improved Physical Training Uniform.
Dan Blottenberger/Stars and Stripes