In 2020, the service set out to redesign the trunks and undershirt that make up the Marine Corps warm weather physical training uniform, or PTU.
The first prototype of the uniform kept the classic green color scheme but featured knee-length shorts, moisture-wicking fabric and thick reflective lines on the back of the shirt. After negative feedback from Marines, the Corps tried again to design a better uniform, but the effort was short-lived.
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A spokesperson for Marine Corps Systems Command, which was tasked by then-Commandant Gen. David Berger, to modernize the gear, told Military.com that the initiative was “unfunded” for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.
Efforts to improve the uniform design officially stopped in September, the spokesperson added.
“Marine Corps Systems Command has ceased work to procure and field the new PT uniform to redirect resources to more urgent defense needs,” said spokesperson Morgan Blackstock.
“In September 2023, the Marine Corps rescinded approval to develop a new stand-alone physical training uniform (PTU),” she added. “The Marine Corps is prioritizing programs that better focus on taking care of Marines and USMC…