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Can my chain of command force me to buy a unit PT uniform?

My chain of command is putting out a new uniform for pt but the soldiers have to purchase this new uniform and it’s not the pts issued from the beginning it’s more of a squadron uniform , so my question is can they make me buy it , will I get in trouble if I don’t ?




The command cannot force a Soldier to buy clothing that is not part of the official issued items. They can make your life difficult in other ways, but you cannot be punished for not buying one. $10 or $15 to one Soldier could mean the difference of having gas or food for his family that pay period.


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posted on 06/25/2018 under Q&A
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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