There are many reasons for which you want to tuck your tactical pants into boots. keeping your pants out of the mud, this method also doesn’t allow the pants to swish against each other when you’re on the march.

Tucking your pants in boots is also a tradition, as it honors the Airborne Infantry on the Second World War. Keeping your trousers from flapping around it was really important back then. This also makes the sizing of the uniforms a lot easier and the soldier doesn’t have to hem it for the right fit.

Blousing or tucking?

The term for the practice is in fact “blousing” the boots and tucking is just one of the ways to do it. You can also get various devices to obtain that desired look without even tucking the pants. Some uniform trousers do come with a drawstring in the cuff for easier use.

Different specialties or areas in the US Army have in fact various ways to wear the pants. Some “peg” the pants by folding the pant before tucking them in, whereas others put devices (tin cans with both ends cut out) inside the bloused area to give them weigh. This is going to give that perfectly round and symmetrical appearance.

Some ways are specific for the fatigue/combat uniform and an Airborne unit, for instance, may have its very own ways to tuck the tactical pants into boots.

What’s the easy way to tuck in the tactical pants?

As in anything else, practice makes perfect so you can perfect your skills on this one as often as you can.

  1. Cuff

This is one easy step and you should flip up the hem of your tactical pants so that their bottom gest around mid-ankle height. You don’t want to cuff your pants too low as they’re going to get caught up in your heels. Simply fold over and expect some fat cuff if they’re long pants.

  1. Peg

Even though some may not go for this particular step, you still want to do it so that you keep your tactical pants together. You should vertically fold the cuff once (tighten as much as you can around your ankles) and continue by rolling the bottom hem up once again. This is going to lock the fold into the right place.

  1. Use the socks for this one

You should use the socks and pull them up and over the pegged cuff so that everything stays in place. Concentrate on fit and density. Don’t use the thickest socks as they’re going to reduce comfort in your boots. Don’t go for the thinnest ones either, as they’re not going to be able to hold everything in place. You should use lightweight, mid-calf and well-made socks.

  1. Now it’s time for straightening

Once the socks are in place, roll out the socks as far as they go. Do it all over again if you don’t like the results.

  1. Time to put your boots on

Put nice and easy your boots on. Pay attention to the cuffs and try not to get any lumpy boots. You should stop during this process and tuck your hand in for smoothing and straightening your pant legs back down to your ankles.