Rules and Availability for Navy Fitness Suit and New Women's Choker Style SDW Jacket

Recruits try on their newly issued fitness suits at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., April 24. The blue-and-gold moisture-wicking warmup suits were adopted from the Marines version and include female sizing, half elastic leg bottoms, underarm vents and a drawstring that replaces the elastic waistband. The high performance track suit can be worn over PT gear and may be worn off duty.

Navy announced Wednesday the manner of wear and availability for the new Navy Fitness Suit and women’s choker style Service Dress White (SDW) jacket for chief petty officers and officers in NAVADMIN 125/17.

The new fitness suit completes the Navy’s Physical Training Uniform (PTU) ensemble and will be a sea bag requirement for Sailors beginning Sept. 30, 2021. It is Navy blue, fully lined and made of water repellent, moisture wicking and odor-resistant fabric, with gold color NAVY logos and trimmed with silver reflective piping.

Beginning in July, the fitness suit will be available at select fleet concentration areas with Fleet-wide availability through Uniform Centers and the Navy Exchange Uniform Call Center no later than October 2017. Recruit Training Command is now issuing the fitness suit to new recruits.

The suit is designed primarily for group and unit physical training activities and the semi-annual physical readiness test.

The jacket should worn over the PTU shirt, zipped at least three quarters up and sleeve cuffs should extend beyond the wrist, but not beyond the lower knuckle of the thumb. The pants will be worn on the waist over the PTU shorts, should extend down between the shoe top and heel, but not beyond the heel.

The fitness suit is not authorized to be worn while in a duty status or when conducting official business on base.

Optional items that can be worn with the suit include the Blue Navy or Command Ball Cap, Navy Watch Cap, and thermal undergarments.

To help determine the best fit, it is recommended that Sailors review the sizing chart available at Size_Prediction_ Chart.pdf before purchasing the suit.

To help maintain the fitness suit for the expected four years before requiring replacement, it should be washed and dried at a low temperature setting in home-style machines. Using the industrial shipboard or bulk laundry is not recommended.

Navy Exchange Uniform and Call Centers began selling the new women’s SDW coat for officers and chiefs this year. Over the next three years, the single breasted SDW coat with lapels will be phased out of the Navy’s uniform inventory and replaced by the choker style SDW by Jan. 31, 2020.

The new coat is fully lined with a standing collar, princess seams, and six sewn-on 35-line U.S. Navy eagle gilt buttons. It’s made from Certified Navy Twill polyester, features a hook and loop fastener tape with a lined tab against the neck, zippered sword slit over the left hip, two inside pockets, a hanger loop in back of neck and available loops for officer shoulder boards.

Wear guidelines for the new coat will be the same as current Navy Uniform policy for service dress, dinner and full dress uniform requirements.

For complete information on the new uniform items, see NAVADMIN 125/17 at