90th IDPG Research


The M-1938 Legging - An Introduction

Published: Fall 2008
Author: Mike "Squirrely" Ellis

Putting them On--

Now to the real meat of things. You should already be wearing your trousers of choice, cushion-sole socks, and service shoes. Make sure your boots are tied well enough that they won’t come undone later in the day, then check to ensure both your leggings are set up to put on.

To begin, your leggings should look like one of the two below:


Set-up for early pattern leggings.

Set-up for late pattern leggings.


There should be roughly 1” of lace at the top.
All of the laced loops between grommets should also be pulled taught.
You should have a large loop of lace hanging loose at the bottom.
If possible, laces should be in good condition, with no visible weak spots. Otherwise, you will have to take special care not to break the lace.

Avoid this - always bring spare laces. Always!


Attach the bottom strap so that it looks just like this – do not pull more of it strap through, as you will be unable to put the leggings on your feet. Generally, the smaller your shoe size, the more slack you'll need to take out of the strap when you're done.





Army vs. Navy Markings

Wearing Them--

Correct Use
Lacing Methods
Putting Them On
Step 1-2
Step 3-5
Step 6-9
Step 10
Step 11

Different Ways to Wear Leggings--

The High Roller
The Cut Down
No Leggings?
Leggings For Dummies

War Time Changes--

Reduced Eyelets
The Change to O.D. #7
Leggings, Dismounted, O.D.
Factory-made Cut Downs?

Other Hints and Tips--

Taking Out That Rock




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