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The Air Force has tightened requirements for physical training uniforms, issuing strict guidelines dictating everything from the color of airmen’s PT socks to the position of their waistbands. Underwear must be "appropriate and worn" with all PT uniform combinations.

The updated guidance, issued Wednesday, became effective immediately and applies to current workout gear as well as improved PT uniforms that will be available later this year, according to the Air Force message detailing the 20 requirements.

The guidance, incorporated into AFI 36-2903, details such requirements for personal PT as wearing reflective belts and armbands during periods of low light, bans brightly colored footwear and orders that socks must be white, though they can display small trademark logos.

The few exceptions to the policy are at the discretion of commanders for accessions, professional military education or academic training when unit distinction is required, such as identifying instructors from students. Temporary adjustments may also be authorized when safety is a concern or in a deployed location.

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