• Follow rules when exercising in APFU

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  • Lt. Col. Steven Fandrich | Combined Arms Center Inspector General
    Throughout the year the Combined Arms Center Inspector General office receives numerous questions pertaining to Army regulations and local policies. One recurring theme has always been what is and what isn’t authorized to wear with the Army Physical Fitness Uniform, specifically, portable electronic devices. Hopefully this article will help answer common questions as well as provide greater awareness and understanding to the proper wear of the APFU.
    Am I authorized to wear an electronic device when conducting outdoor physical training while wearing the APFU?
    No. In accordance with AR 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia,” “Unless the unit or installation commander otherwise prohibits, soldiers may use headphones, including wireless or non-wireless devices and earpieces, in uniform while performing individual physical training in indoor gyms or fitness centers. Soldiers may not wear headphones while taking the Army Physical Fitness Test. Soldiers may not wear head-phones beyond the permitted area in any manner, including around the neck or attached to the uniform.”
    The “permitted area” is only indoor gyms or fitness centers. It does not include outdoor physical training activities individually or as part of a unit.
    Is there a size limit to the headphones that I wear in the gym or fitness center while wearing the APFU?
    Yes. In accordance with AR 670-1, “Headphones will be conservative and discreet. Ear pads will not exceed 1 1/2 inches in diameter at the widest point. Soldiers may wear electronic devices, such as music players or cell phones, as prescribed above.”
    Over-the-ear style headphones typically do not comply with AR 670-1.
    While conducting PT outdoors alone in the morning I prefer to have my cell phone on me for safety and security. While wearing the APFU, can I attach my phone to my arm?
    No. In accordance with AR 670-1, “Soldiers may wear electronic devices, such as music players or cell phones, as prescribed above; soldiers may also wear a solid black arm-band to store and carry electronic devices in the gym or fitness center. Soldiers may not wear the armband beyond the permitted area.” The permitted area, as defined by AR 670-1, is any indoor gyms or fitness centers.
    I prefer to wear low-cut socks when wearing the APFU while conducting PT. How low cut can they be?
    In accordance with DA Pam 670-1, “Commanders may authorize wear of commercial running shoes with calf-length or ankle-length, plain white or black socks (no logos). If worn, ankle-length socks must cover the entire ankle bone and calf-length socks will end at the middle point between the ankle and the knee.”
    Page 2 of 2 - A picture for visual clarification can be found on page 35 of DA Pamplet 670-1. Socks that just barely show over the top of the shoe are not in compliance with DA Pam 670-1.
    I am on temporary duty at Fort Leavenworth for a few days and want to conduct physical training in the morning. Am I required to wear the APFU while conducting physical training?
    Yes. In accordance with CAC Command Policy 8, Combined Arms Center Uniform Policy, dated July 27, 2017, “All on-duty, military personnel conducting physical training from (5-8 a.m.) and units conducting organized physical training at any time, Monday through Friday on Fort Leavenworth will wear the IPFU/APFU, or service equivalent uniform.”
    If you have any additional questions about the wear of the APFU, or any other regulatory questions, please call or stop by the CAC IG office. The office is at 428 McPherson Ave., right next to the Military Police station. The office number is 684-4685. The IG office is open for walk-ins from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
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