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Behind-the-scenes video of Air Force Uniform Office

AFLCMC Uniform Shop In Action (U.S. Air Force photo by Austin Smith).

AFLCMC Uniform Shop In Action (U.S. Air Force photo by Austin Smith).

Air Force Uniform Office members 1st Lt. Avery Thomson and 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite put the updated versions of the Air Force physical training (PT) uniform through their paces at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2021.  The Air Force Uniform Office is part of the Human System's Division in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Agile Combat Support Directorate. This is the first update to the PT uniform in more than 16 years, and over 150 Airmen participated in testing the new gear. The new ensemble currently consists of a jacket, a pair of pants, a T-shirt and two types of shorts; a lined runner's short and a longer unlined multipurpose short. A long sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie are in development. The ensemble features improved fabrics that are softer and quick drying, and have antimicrobial technology, which  helps with moisture and odor control. The new uniform items are entering the production phase and will be available to Airmen sometime in 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

Air Force Uniform Office members 1st Lt. Avery Thomson and 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite put the updated versions of the Air Force physical training (PT) uniform through their paces at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2021. The Air Force Uniform Office is part of the Human System's Division in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Agile Combat Support Directorate. This is the first update to the PT uniform in more than 16 years, and over 150 Airmen participated in testing the new gear. The new ensemble currently consists of a jacket, a pair of pants, a T-shirt and two types of shorts; a lined runner's short and a longer unlined multipurpose short. A long sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie are in development. The ensemble features improved fabrics that are softer and quick drying, and have antimicrobial technology, which helps with moisture and odor control. The new uniform items are entering the production phase and will be available to Airmen sometime in 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi)

“We essentially have responsibility from cradle to grave for every uniform used by the Air Force and new Space Force,” explains Tracy Roan, Chief of the Air Force Uniform Office, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
 
A consistent look across Airmen is the goal of the Uniform Office. Clothing designers take quality control very seriously and ensure that new uniforms issued today match ones from a decade ago. This attention to detail keeps the Air Force brand strong.
 
Designers use Adobe Illustrator to sketch out uniform tweaks and new ideas. These professionals also review fabric and thread for quality and consistency. The end goal is to account for the unique sizes and shapes of every Airman and Guardian – and make sure each individual looks the same. This means finding a flattering fit for both men and women while also providing ultimate function in each garment.
 
Have some thoughts on your current uniform? The designers of AFLCMC Uniform Office are listening!
 
“User feedback is the number one way to improve our process,” says Roan.
 
Current Airmen and Guardians are used as models to test new and updated designs. This is especially true for female garments and those used during pregnancy.
 
The video below gives an inside look at the Air Force Uniform Office in action.