In this essay I will describe the many requirements and expectations set forth in the Army's AR670-1 pertaining to the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform or IPFU. I will describe the importance of obedience to the regulation and cite many of its detailed descriptions. I am writing this essay because I failed to meet the standards asked of me by both these regulations, and my leadership. I accept the responsibility of my actions and will not let my failure recur, and I will do my best to prevent other soldiers and even leaders from making my same mistake. Since my failure was in regards to the Army’s Improved Physical Fitness Uniform, I thought it would be pertinent to cover all subjects pertaining to the uniform and appearance most thoroughly.
When a man volunteers for the Army he agrees to follow a set of specific guidelines set forth by many generations of soldiers before him. These guidelines are expected to be met by every soldier in the military, whether thought to be stupid or mundane, every soldier will meet these standards or swift punishment will ensue. These rules are important to maintain the Army's tradition of excellence of dominance. We are the best at what we do, we have discovered a formula which produces greatness, and as such it should be followed. Parts of this formula are the uniform standards. Although simple, and easy to follow, soldiers may sometimes fall short of the knowledge required to maintain them. Some ignorantly choose to completely ignore them. It is important to repeatedly meet and in some cases exceed the standards set in Army Regulation 670-1. This is a key trait of a truly disciplined soldier, one who attends work everyday with the required materials and who acts in a manner of professionalism that is synonymous with the Army way of life.
The Army created AR 670-1 to hold soldiers to a higher standard than most by the way they wear a prescribed uniform, such as the IPFU and by their personal appearance. The vision of an American soldier is not one with long hair, a dirty uniform, and untamed facial hair. A soldier should look presentable and professional at all times. Soldiers should adhere to the uniform standards unquestionably and without protest. Soldiers should don a uniform that fits properly and not tight, clean and serviceable, along with footwear that displays cleanliness as well as functionality. Also, personal belongings or articles necessary for the task at hand should not protrude from pockets or have a bulky appearance. The regulations provide guidance for all men and women in the Army to keep this high standard of appearance. Army regulation does not just stop with uniforms; it also includes hair, nails, cosmetics, jewelry, religious articles, eyewear, tattoos, and ID tags. All of these provided standards are to be followed as a service member and must be adhered to in the wearing of any uniform, especially the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform.
The Army created the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform in order to provide a more comfortable as well as functional uniform for physical training. This uniform is just as important as any other uniform and should be worn with pride. The United States Army Improved Physical Fitness Uniform consists of the following items: gray moisture wicking Army Crew neck T-shirt, black Army running trunks, cross training or running shoes, white socks that cover the ankle bone and a personal reflective belt. The IPFU is subject to change in accordance with the weather. In event of cold weather, the authorized uniform is added to accordingly. The cold weather additions to the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform consists of an physical fitness jacket, black pants, green physical training cap, and black leather gloves with green or black inserts.
There are no restrictions on the combination of army physical fitness...