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  1. An airman models the legacy physical training uniform, left, and the modified PT uniform, right. Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano/Air Force

    Improved warmups to become standard issue in October

    The Air Force's announcement in 2009 that improved PT warmups would soon be available was welcome news to airmen who complained about the 'swish' and discomfort of the standard-issue baggy warmups they had been wearing since 2005.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  2. Guneet Lamba pins a new corporal insignia on the camoflage turban of her husband, Cpl. Simranpeet Lamba. Lamba is one of only three Sikhs serving in the military, and the only enlisted Sikh soldier. Scott Hansen / Joint Base Lewis McChord

    U.S. lawmakers urge inclusion of Sikhs in military

    A bipartisan group of 105 lawmakers urged the Defense Department on Monday to make it easier for practicing Sikh Americans who wear beards and turbans to serve in the military.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  3. An Air Force rabbi leads an evening service. The Pentagon announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies Lance Cheung / Air Force

    Religious exemptions for troops easier to request under new rules

    The Pentagon on Wednesday announced new rules that make it easier for troops to request religious exemptions from uniform rules, grooming standards and other military policies.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  4. Airmen are no longer required to wear reflective belts with their physical training uniforms, under uniform changes effective Friday. Air Force

    New uniform rules: Reflective belts, light-colored shoes no longer required PT gear

    Reflective belts are no longer required during physical training, and airmen can wear black socks and any color of athletic shoe with the PT uniform, according to uniform changes that went into effect on Friday.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  5. The 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Defense Department 'to adopt and field a common combat and camouflage utility uniform, or family of uniforms, for specific combat environments, to be used by all members of the armed forces.' Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Congress wants common camouflage uniform

    Congress will try one more time to get the Pentagon to cease its uniform madness and adopt a common camouflage pattern for all four services.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  6. Pentagon: No limits on combat camo patterns

    Since taking over as secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has shaken up the status quo on several fronts, such as warning the Army about potential massive force cuts or telling the Navy it may need to mothball a few aircraft carriers.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  7. Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the U.S. Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, wants 2014 accessions to be at least 97 percent of what is planned. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lt. Gen. Jones talks force reduction, uniforms and program changes ahead

    As Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, tries to steer the service through a force reduction in 2014, he's keeping one eye on the sequester.

    • Sep. 18, 2013
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