Air Force needs WPAFB volunteers to test new maternity uniform

Stacey Butler (right), a clothing designer with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center s Air Force Uniform Office, measures Capt. Taylor Harrison's maternity Airman Battle Uniform. The new uniforms were designed and developed by the office and are available to pregnant Airmen around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Brackens)
Stacey Butler (right), a clothing designer with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center s Air Force Uniform Office, measures Capt. Taylor Harrison's maternity Airman Battle Uniform. The new uniforms were designed and developed by the office and are available to pregnant Airmen around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Brackens)

The Air Force Uniform Office is asking for pregnant service members at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to try out the new Maternity Flight Duty Uniform in fit-and-wear tests in January.

The tests will consist of 25 volunteers who will be measured and fit into the new uniform, the office said in a release last week.

“Once the participants are sized in their correct uniform, they will wear that uniform for four weeks and provide feedback on how it performed during their normal duty day,” the office said in a release.

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In September last year, the Air Force updated its policy to reduce barriers on pregnant aviators who perform flight duties and have uncomplicated pregnancies.

This update allows the continuation of flight duties during pregnancy, said the office, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, which is based at Wright-Patterson.

AFLCMC photo
AFLCMC photo

The fit-and-wear tests are part of an effort to roll out a flight uniform designed specifically for pregnant aviators.

“This effort is important,” 1st Lt Avery Thomson, lead program manager for maternity development efforts in the AFUO, said in the release. “Current aircrew members are modifying their flight duty uniforms, at a significant personal financial cost, or they are borrowing bigger uniforms from their husbands, which creates a safety of flight issue. The Maternity Flight Duty Uniform will help remove a barrier for approximately 400 pregnant Airmen each year.”

Interested? The Air Force asks prospective participants to contact 1st. Lt. Avery Thomson, via the Global Address book.

The survey must be filled out using a CAC enabled device.

The Air Force isn’t alone in these efforts. The Army Uniform Board is also considering updating the service’s 40-year-old smock maternity uniform, and the Marine Corps said last year that it is considering new maternity shirts.

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