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SORRY for bringing up a sub-
ject that has come up many times
before, but I need an answer on
unit PT shirts.
Can we be forced to purchase
and wear a unit PT shirt?
Army Standing Orders for
Dress Volume 1, 3.16b seems to
cover this and it reads that it is a
choice but I am getting conflict-
ing answers to my question from
my chain of command. I have even
tried Defence Legal but didn't get a
The most common answer has
been "just let it go". I have been
informed that it is in unit standing
orders, but wouldn't ASODs be the
ruling document on this issue?
I will be purchasing one but I
would still like the problem clari-
fied if possible.
Cfn Robert Eustace
1 Armd Regt
RSM-Ceremonial WO1 David Lehr
IN ACCORDANCE with Army
Standing Orders for Dress (ASOD)
Volume 1, Chapter 3, Paragraph
3.16 (b), Army issues its members
with the brown T-shirt, black shorts
and white socks at point of entry.
These items may be worn dur-
ing the conduct of unit PT sessions.
ASOD is not the authority docu-
ment that directs Army personnel
to purchase a unit or sub-unit PT
T-shirt -- ASOD provides guidance
to OCs and COs to approve a unit
or sub-unit designed PT T-shirt that
may be worn in place of the issued
Unit PT shirts are a
CO-approved unit PT shirts must be worn if directed
Therefore, if an OC or CO has
provided clear orders, direction and
authority towards the wearing of
a unit or sub-unit PT T-shirt, that
order is to be obeyed by all unit
personnel, in accordance with gen-
eral orders and the Defence Force
The purchase of this item is
at the member's expense and is
designed to promote unit or sub-
unit esprit de corps within the gar-
rison area, as well as maintain a
consistency of uniform when per-
forming PT sessions.
Any profit made from the sale
of PT shirts is to be in accordance
with regulations and this money
contributes towards the sustain-
ment of unit or sub-unit trust funds.
Members currently receive uni-
form allowance, which can be used
to purchase unit PT T-shirts, other
items of dress and accoutrements.
One in all in: COs and OCs can mandate the purchase and wearing of unit PT T-shirts that meet
ASOD guidelines to build esprit de corps and a consistency of dress during PT activities.
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