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Blouse Your Trousers

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Why do Marines blouse their trousers?

Marines blouse their trousers to prevent animals and natural materials from entering their trousers while operating in austere environments. Marines of yesteryear use to were gators over their ankles. It was an issued piece of gear.

The tradition lives on in today’s Marine Corps where Marines still blouse their boots between the 2nd and 3rd eyelet.

posted on May 31, 2015 under Q&A
Michael J. Penney
Michael J. Penney is a former infantryman and Marine Corps Combat Arms instructor. During his eight year career in the Marines, he served with distinction on the battlefields of Ramadi Iraq 2005-2006/ 2007 and Kajaki/Sangin Afghanistan (2011). Learn more about Michael at

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