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Friday, July 11, 2008

USS Henry M. Jackson Crew Sports New PT Duds!

Probably as payback for being assigned to the only Ohio-class SSBN without a namesake state, the Gold crew of the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) became the envy of their peers last week when they became the first group at Naval Base Kitsap to buy, and then PT in, the magical new PT Uniform I discussed earlier. Here's an excerpt from the story:
There were mixed comments on the uniform's fit and comfort during the work out.
"The material is thin, cool and breathable," said Chief Missile Technician (SS) Adrian Watkins. "With me it's all about comfort, and if I'm agitated or aggravated while working out, I get annoyed. I feel very comfortable wearing this uniform; it's refreshing to be comfortable while working out."
However, some Sailors found parts of the uniform uncomfortable.
"I really don't like the liner on the inside of the shorts, but they're OK because they're really comfortable," said Watkins.
"I love the shirt, however, the shorts are a bit ill-fitting," said Fahrney. If you don't have the right body type they don't fit very well."
While leading the workout, Bertolacci-Starich also noticed a possible flaw in the uniform, but otherwise enjoyed her PT session with the Sailors.
"I think it's hard to keep the shirts tucked in while they're jumping around, but other than that I think it's awesome," said Bertolacci-Starich. "I've seen guys come in to work out wearing flannel pajama bottoms before, so it's nice to see the change, and I think it's respectful for the military to come out with this uniform."
Here's a picture of the young Warriors at work:

If you think the jihadis are scared now, just wait until they add mandatory shirt stays to the ensemble!

29 Comments:

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Would it be out of place to suggest that this fascination with PT fashions is a bit - how shall we say it - gay? Have we staffed our rough tough steely-eyed-killers-of-the-deep submarine force with a bunch of - at least - metrosexuals?

Having played Navy handball in Seattle, Sasebo, Florida, Norfolk, Long Beach, New London, San Diego, and many years at the POAC, I can only wonder if my game would have improved were I properly attired in the approved uni. Surely those cute shorts should have been worth 5 points a game easy. And the color of that t-shirt is just PERFECT! Oh my - I just love dressing up.

7/11/2008 5:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should help firmly establish Kitsap as the submarine capital of the world....

7/11/2008 5:48 PM

 
Blogger reddog said...

Everybody should wear the same gym shorts and T-shirt they used in high school. When those wear out or become too small, anything from the rag bag that can be cut off to function is appropriate. Uniforms tell the world you accept the shit they shovel at you. Neat, new uniforms, tell them you are a good, little mindless robot.

7/11/2008 7:19 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the worst thing that happens to you today is that someone makes you wear this outfit, it was a pretty good day. I'd wear a tutu and and a neon afro if it meant never having to go to sea again.

7/11/2008 8:44 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so that was the Gold crew in their new T shirts!

For a pic of the Blue crew go here:

http://www.gps.edu/Sports/BlueCrew/2006-7FBSquad/VarBlueCrewFootballTeam.jpg

7/11/2008 8:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GAY!!!!!

7/11/2008 11:22 PM

 
OpenID xbradtc said...

The liners in the shorts??? For what? Are they panty liners. God, you squids...

7/12/2008 12:25 AM

 
Blogger midwatchcowboy said...

Shirt is good quality but the shorts are crap. Come in two inseam lengths: too long and beyond bermuda.

7/12/2008 11:45 AM

 
Anonymous Moondog said...

Shirt tucked in? Who the hell works out with their shirt tucked in? No regret in retiring when you see ridiculous stuff like this. Although not quite up there with the 7th fleet liberty policies, this is yet another example of the Navy losing touch

7/12/2008 12:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard in unofficial circles that this new pt uniform is a result of the "thug dress" mentality of African Americans in the surface community. Case in point: have you ever watched the mini documentary "Carrier?" It will all become very clear to you if you do!

7/12/2008 1:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got out in '90, so I'm not sure how much it has changed, but then the ONLY time you could get the command to let you go PT was if it was the PRT OR it was on your own time. The half-dozen or so of us in the boat's "dive locker" tried on several different occasions to get the command to let us PT as a group at some point during the in-port workdays. No go. "You want to work out - do it on your own time."

7/12/2008 6:43 PM

 
Blogger King said...

Man, the new PT policy is good (not the uniforms) almost every boat implements it in a way that screws everybody. It's always like group PT Three days a week at 6 AM. Completely not what the CNO really meant by normal working hours.

now that I'm at an air force base though.... man, it's perfect. They really do have it better, Wish I had chosen that instead

7/12/2008 7:38 PM

 
Anonymous Short said...

Yeah, anonymous above, but that was a time before the whole mandatory PT 3 times a week.

Now depending on your command it was either PT "before the work day" - which really meant "get your a$$ to work at 4am to PT or your UA.

or

"during the work day" - which meant your morning consistent of PT, hygiene, and lunch - then start your scheduled work in the afternoon, meaning you worked all night.

Wash, rinse, and repeat everyday in port (unless you're an nuke and you got stuck in shift work which is a fate worse than death.)

Well, at least they don't have uniform inspection for PT gear. I can see it now, "Sailor! you need to tuck in your PT uniform! Unsat!"

7/12/2008 7:40 PM

 
Blogger 630-738 said...

"Uniforms tell the world you accept the shit they shovel at you. Neat, new uniforms, tell them you are a good, little mindless robot."

I'm no fan of the new PT uniform, I believe the Navy could have done better. Having said that, I will say that the above comment by Reddog is one of the most asinine statements made on a military blog. Do I really have to remind you of the origins of the term "uniform?" If the Navy wants to organize PT and require it's sailors to wear uniforms while participating in official functions, so be it! I guess by your argument, sailors should be allowed to do their jobs in any clothing they like. How stupid.

7/14/2008 6:54 AM

 
Blogger 630-738 said...

Yes, convening PT prior to normal working hours is a sure-fire way to piss off the crew, I've seen it before, and it worked every time. I was on a fast boat that was able to "squeeze" in PT during normal working hours. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, we would report to the base Gym at 0700, work out for 45 minutes, and start our workday at 0900. I don't remember not being able to get our work done at all, training happened, and the crew's PRT scores went up. It can be done, but the ship's leadership has to commit to the program. Fortunately, this ship had a strong Chief's quarters and the CO/XO listened to them.
My advice is this: stop bitchin' about the time, and develop a proposal for a better plan. If your command won't listen, go back to bitchin. At least you have better material to base your complaints on. On the other hand, if they listen and you improve the process, I guess you'll have to find something else to oppose. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with something.

7/14/2008 7:02 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reddog,
Bottom line is that if you don’t like the uniform, either make rate so you can become MCPON and change it or don’t raise you hand when it comes time to get out.
I got out in “97” and would have liked a PT program but it had to be on your own time and as I was person who had better things to do with my personal time, it never happened. I was still able to pass the stupid little PRT and my 18”neck helped with the measurements.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa

7/14/2008 8:07 AM

 
Blogger Sandy Salt said...

The short liners are a stupid addition that the Army and AF also have, I guess they feel that underwear is optional for working out. They are a lot like old swim trunks, but they are way too tight if you have any muscles or a fat @$$. The solution that a lot of people used in the Sand Box was to cut the liners out, but wouldn't it be better to have the option of liner or no liner. It is nice to have a set uniform, so when we are playing with our joint friends because otherwise we looked like a rag-tag bunch of baffoons.

7/14/2008 9:56 AM

 
Anonymous gomerb said...

We had a PT program on the Ustafish: On Fridays during off crew, you should go and do PT. In fact, please let us know your tentative plan for same (although no obligation to inform if the plan changes). Go on, get healthy. Don't be fat. See you on Monday.

...Oh, but I still regret not being on a Sat/Sun&Nights boat. I hate the feeling that I missed something. :)

7/14/2008 2:06 PM

 
Blogger 630-738 said...

gomerb,

I don't normally engage in the SSN/SSBN battle, since I did multiple of both, but since no boomer was EVER named ____fish, it sounds odd calling one "ustafish". BTW, we had far more fat people on my Trident than any other boat, in spite of all that prime off-crew time.

7/14/2008 5:31 PM

 
Blogger King said...

Everyone still says Ustafish no matter what class of boat you are on. There's only one boat left with a fish name. So, really, there's relatively few people left in the navy that have ever been on a boat named after a fish, period.

And, usta-state just doesn't sound as good.

7/15/2008 7:37 PM

 
Blogger 630-738 said...

Yeah, yeah, I know... fish don't vote. Too bad, USS WAHOO, USS TRIGGER, USS SHARK sounds much better to me than USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI or USS NORTH DAKOTA. State names should have been reserved for battleships. Oh well, so much for tradition.

7/16/2008 11:43 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could just substitute state fish in place of state names...USS Virginia would be USS Trout Fish, USS North Dakota would be USS Northern Pike, and USS Hawaii would be...USS Humuhumunukuapua'a!

7/16/2008 4:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: USS Humuhumunukunuku apua'a

7/16/2008 4:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we start another thread where we mock the idocy of our fearless leaders and bemoan our fate? The EM Log one is closed down.

7/17/2008 6:48 AM

 
Anonymous Al said...

And how silly to call a giant submarine that is as large as many surface SHIPS (560') a "boat."

3/29/2010 9:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUST FYI CAPS LOCK IS ON JUST TO PISS YOU OFF ;).... I WAS ON SUBS FOR 5 YEARS THEN GOT THE FRICK OUT IN 06.... MY LIFE HAS BEEN AMAZING SINCE THEN.... THE MILITARY WOULD SHOW A MUCH GREATER PRODUCTIVITY TURN OUT IF THEY WOULD QUIT BOTHERING MILITARY MEMBERS.... IF YOU DONT WORK OUT AND YOU ARE A FAT LAZY PIECE OF SHIT DISHONERABLY DISHCHARGE THEM THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE IN THE MILITARY PERIOD! THIS SHIT IS AS SIMPLE AS WHISTLING DIXIE... MILITARY MEMBERS, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, SHOULD BE VIEWED AS WEAPONS.... WHAT DO WE DO WITH WEAPONS WE KEEP THEM SHARP AND FOCUSED BUT OTHER THEN THAT WE DONT RUN AROUND WITH THEM ALL NIGHT, WE DONT TRY AND MODIFY THE METHODS OF CLEANING... AND WE SURE AS SHIT DONT MAKE THEM ALL WERE GAY ASS YELLOW FUCK SHIRTS... SERIOUSLY ALL OF YOU CHIEFS AND ABOVE NEED TO MAN UP AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR BOYS.... WHAT HAPPENED TO 18 HOURS DAYS ON ZULU TIME WHEN UR WORKING THEN WATCHING THEN DRILLING... AND U ALL KNOW WHAT I SPEAK OF... IF YOU ALL HAVE TO WERE A UNIFORM FOR PT SHOULDN'T IT BE ONE THAT MATCHES THE TERRAIN OUTSIDE IN CASE SOME SHIT POPS OFF.... ~ A FORMER XX2/XX FIGURE IT OUT!

10/27/2010 7:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OHHH YEAH AND I STILL CANT GET THAT EFFIN COLLISION ALARM OUT OF MY HEAD WHEN I SLEEP.. EFFIN BASTARDS... YEAH HEY OFFICERS 24 HOUR DAYS WOULD WORK BETTER THINK ABOUT IT ALL YOU BRILIANT ENGINEERS ISN'T THAT WHY YOU GUYS ARE ON IT....

10/27/2010 7:08 AM

 
Anonymous Military Shirt Stays said...

It's truly important to have comfortable clothes especially during training. Clothes also is a factor in the outcome of the workouts.

8/22/2011 9:44 AM

 
Anonymous Gillian said...

This cannot have effect in actual fact, that's what I consider.

8/30/2012 9:50 PM

 

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