Posted on Mar 30, 2014
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I believe the Air Force allows its service members to tailor their uniforms. Do you believe it creates a more professional appearance? Do you think it is something that is not necessary and just allows service members to "look good" with a very fitting uniform? Could it promote physical fitness and appearance standards instead of having a more loose fitting uniforms like ACUs?
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PO2 Michael G.
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CPT (Join to see) Sir, I would disagree with those who feel tailoring is a waste of time and money. Before I enlisted in the Navy, I worked at a men's store for six years and in my (formerly) professional opinion, tailoring is essential for some people to achieve a proper fit.

Especially if the person is broad shouldered and has a narrow waist, or if they have a bigger rear end, tailoring their uniforms may be the only way to achieve an appropriate appearance in uniform. Additionally, those who have broader shoulders will likely need to have uniform tops (shirts, coats, blouses, etc) taken in because excess material under the arms will actually hinder movement and need to be removed. There are also some people who end up needing a longer uniform in order to address having a longer torso, but then end up with sleeve that hang past their fingertips and need them to be shortened.

Long story short, tailoring is very helpful (and sometimes a necessity) to have an appropriately fitting, professional looking uniform.
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Are we talking the tailoring of utility uniforms or service/dress uniforms?
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Cpl Ehr Specialist
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For Marines our service and dress uniforms are tailored. Having those tailored uniforms does mean that we have to maintain a standard of appearance and fitness. As well, I believe that they create a sharper image which perpetuates in the way Marines feel about themselves and their corps. And it just looks really cool.
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CSM Charles Hayden
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Cpl Hicks, Now I am confused. After the last Graduation Parade I observed @ MCRD, a DI told me they were not allowed to
'Tailor' their tan shirts which I thought had enough room inside for another small
Marine?
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Cpl Ehr Specialist
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CSM Charles Hayden In my time, the tan shirt was not tailored it was manipulated to appear form fitting. During boot camp we were taught many little tricks of the trade to enhance the appearance of all of our uniforms.
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SrA Parachute Packer
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lol If people are tailoring their sand tees then Id recommend them seeing mental health. That would be crazy.
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TSgt Qa Inspector
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Not sand tees.
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SPC Charles Brown
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The man makes the clothes, not the clothes make the man. Tailoring uniforms is a waste of time and money that can be better spent on military necessities. Besides, having a well fitting uniform does not necessarily make the soldier any better
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SFC Boots Attaway
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Having your "DUTY" uniform tailored will only hamper you in your duties and will not be loose fitting as they were designed to be. It should be against the regs.
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SFC Ait Platoon Sergeant
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Not everyone is the perfect size for the uniform. I am tall and skinny, so for me to get a uniform that fits, I have to get a uniform made for someone who weighs 200lbs, therefor I got a lot of extra slack that does get in the way.
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LCDR Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer
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SFC Boots Attaway - Is it written that they are meant to be loose-fitting, or is that your preference?
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1LT Judge Advocate
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SFC (Join to see) - That is me! I am very tall for a female, so I must purchase the male tall uniforms. However, I am 130 pounds. I had to tailor the combat uniform to not be a parachute on me. Most people would never know it is tailored. They just look like everyone else's uniforms now - not form fitting at all.
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