Esper OKs PT Gear in Commissaries, Exchanges

Troops can now wear their physical fitness clothing inside base commissaries and exchanges, according to a memorandum from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper released this week.

Service members and their dependents can now wear their PT gear in the stores as long as the attire is “clean, serviceable and in good condition, and appropriately modest,” Esper wrote in the Nov. 2 memorandum, which was posted on multiple social media pages.

Military department Secretaries can make exceptions “based on mission requirements and the need to maintain good order and discipline,” the memorandum states.

Airmen on discussion forums such as Reddit and the unofficial Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page largely expressed support for the change, with some surprise that wearing PT gear in the facilities was not allowed to begin with.