PX clothing selection a hot topic at Korea meetings
CAMP HOVEY, South Korea — Female soldiers here are shopping for clothes off-post because exchange products often do not conform to standards soldiers must maintain in civilian clothing.
That was one of many issues raised by soldiers, their families and civilian base workers at town hall meetings held at camps Casey and Hovey on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Capt. Tammi Wilson raised the issue at the Camp Hovey meeting, attended by about 150 people.
“A lot of times in the PX there are some really nice outfits but nothing there that we can buy,” she said. They sell cute little skirts but they are too short for us to wear. They sell cute little shirts but the straps are not wide enough.
“It hurts the PX because they are not getting soldiers’ business and it hurts me because I have to go to outside sources to buy my clothing,” she said.
2nd ID soldiers must conform to the “Warrior Standard” when in civilian clothing. The standard specifies such things as the length of skirts and the width of straps on dresses and tops and disallows clothing that exposes soldiers’ belly buttons.
“They don’t want you being indecent. You can’t show cleavage, for example,” said Wilson, of Jacksonville, Fla.
An Army and Air Force Exchange Service official said his organization buys items nine months in advance and that decisions are being made on clothing that will be sold to soldiers next summer.
Newly arrived Camp Casey Garrison Sgt. Maj. Angel L. Maldonado suggested Wilson forward a copy of the Warrior Standard to AAFES.
Maldonado said another problem was soldiers mixing uniforms. The division is scheduled to get the Army’s new uniform early next year.
“There are a variety of uniforms out there. They are authorized to be worn, but mixing them is not allowed,” Maldonado said. “When I see a mixture of BDUs (battle dress uniform), ACUs (Army camouflage uniform) and DCUs (desert camouflage uniform) out there, that is wrong.
“Wear the right type of backpack with BDUs. It is supposed to be black, not sand-colored. Don’t mix and match,” he said.
Maldonado also reminded soldiers that he is on a mission to maintain safety standards and clean up camps Casey and Hovey.
“The cleanliness of the post is important … we have a problem,” he said. “It is a continual battle trying to get people to understand that we have to keep the post clean."