Although this uniform has been phased out of military use, blousing is still required.

Military regulations for each branch require every service member to blouse his pants when in uniform. There are a few exceptions to the rules: pregnant and injured service members may be exempt, as are those who are wearing daily service uniforms during physical training. The term "blousing" simply means to create a ballooned look around the ankle of each pant leg above the boot. Pants can be bloused by tucking the ankle holes into boots, wearing boot blousers or by tying the drawstring at each ankle.


Put on your pants and boots. Do not tie your boots.

Sit in a chair or on the edge of your bed so that your pant legs are pulled up slightly with your position.

Tuck the bottom of each pant leg into your boots. Tie your boots as usual.

Stand up. Reach down and pull the excess material of your pant legs over the tops of your boots; leave the bottoms of your pant legs tucked into your tied boots.

Boot Blousers

Put on your pants. Slip an elastic boot blouser over each foot and onto your lower calves.

Put on your boots. Tie them as usual.

Pull the ankle of one pant leg up until it is on your calf, above the top of your boot. Slide the boot blouser around the bottom of the pant leg so it grips your calf and the pant leg simultaneously. Pull the excess material of your pant leg down to create a ballooned look over the top of your boot. Repeat the process on the other side.

Tying the Drawstring

Put on your pants and boots. Do not tuck your pants into your boots.

Reach down and grasp the two ends of the drawstring at the ankle cuff. Pull the strings to tighten the ankle cuff. Tie them together securely above the top rim of your boot.

Pull the excess material of your pant leg down to cover the drawstring. Leave the tie above your boots to create a ballooned look.


  • Standing while tucking your pant legs into your boots will result in a tighter, less "ballooned" look.