If you are a brand new Cadet in the Golden Knight Battalion we don’t expect much from you to start. If you are showing up in the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform for Army ROTC training we are happy (at least to start). Right place/right time are a function of your time management skills and your attention to detail. The right uniform requires a little steeper learning curve.
I had my Gold Bar recruiter, 2LT Yates spell out what the proper PT uniform is, so you will be looking good. When in doubt check with your chain of command and you can always refer to the regulation AR 670-1 or CCR 670-1.
Male haircuts will conform to certain standards. The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. Males will keep sideburns neatly trimmed. Sideburns may not be flared; the base of the sideburn will be a clean-shaven, horizontal line. Sideburns will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening. Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted. If mustaches are worn, they will be neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth. Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized.
Females will ensure their hair is neatly groomed, that the length and bulk of the hair are not excessive, and that the hair does not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. Likewise, trendy styles that result in shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline) or designs cut into the hair are prohibited. Females can wear their hair up in a bun or down in a ponytail. Ponytails are allowed during PT sessions only.
The PT shirt must be completely tucked into your PT shorts, no exceptions.
The PT shorts must sit at your waist line. Black or gray spandex worn underneath the PT shorts must be plain, with no logos, patterns, or obtrusive markings.
Plain black or white socks that are calf-length or ankle-length with no logos are permitted in the PT uniform. Ankle length socks must cover the entire ankle bone.
Running shoes are the only type of shoes authorized in the PT uniform. All colors of commercial running shoes are authorized.
NOTE: Taking care of your feet is a crucial part of being in the Army and physical training in general. Professionals recommend buying new running shoes every five to six months or 300 to 500 miles from the first wear. If the tires on your car are bald you replace them right away, therefore if you have smoothed out the tread on your running shoes it’s time to get a new pair. Listening to your body will also indicate when it’s time for new running shoes. If you have sore arches, knee pain, shin pain, or other small annoyances after running then it’s more than likely time to replace your running shoes.
- Watch: A watch is part of every Army uniform. Your PT watch should be a dark color and of an athletic type
- PT Belt: The reflective PT Belt is to be worn tighten down above the waist line
- Pen & Paper: For note taking
- Water Source: Your green Army issued canteen, labeled with your last name on a piece of 100mph tape needs to be with you as well
These are the standards we adhere at Clarkson University. Your program may differ, so make sure you understand the standards.
Right time…right place…right uniform!