I had heard a rumor that the unit I am a part of currently is going to start allowing what they call "alternative footwear" for the soldiers to wear during PT and in our PT uniform. So I started doing some research and finally found the policy for where I am stationed currently. For those who care to read it, it is here www.25idl.army.mil/PT/policyletter18.pdf This is a pilot study, as far as I know the first of its kind in the Army. Those who take the course have to report on a monthly basis to decide whether or not to keep the policy/introduce it to other places. I take the class tomorrow and will be the first from my unit to do so. From what I found out so far the class is geared towards proper running mechanics, how to reduce injuries and run more efficiently. Not you need to buy vibrams/what shoe to buy. All plus' in my book since we are subjected to running and extreme forms of running on a daily basis This other study well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/phys-ed-do-certain-types-of-sneakers-prevent-injuries/ shows that shoes "designed" for a person's foot does not reduce injuries compared to the "wrong" type of shoe in soldiers attending basic training. Hopefully with the military taking a stance on this issue we will finally begin to see more transistion away from running shoes in general. After all, who would not listen to someone whose life depends on their feet?