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    Blousing into the Boots

    A story of Norwood Thomas and the 82nd Airborne, from first days of training, through the Invasion. They learned how to tuck the pants into the boots - and a whole lot more.


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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Great story!
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Proud to have bloused my boots

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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    We weren't allowed until we got out of Marine boot camp. After boot camp, if you weren't bloused, you were court martialed for being out of proper uniform.
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryK View Post
    We weren't allowed until we got out of Marine boot camp. After boot camp, if you weren't bloused, you were court martialed for being out of proper uniform.
    Bloused mine in basic and later on base - in basic as long as we all were we were good. (jacket on/Jacket off! as we tried to determine the weather)
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Always tucked them in... never once worn a boot blousing strap. ****, even very high ranking people I know just tuck them into their boots.

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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Sounds like "blousing the pants into the boots" is no longer a sign of completing paratroop training?
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    That's what I remember always doing in Artillery, required in fact.
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Who knows, everyone I know has been through some level of jump training

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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Required by the Army in 1965. We had to either blouse them in our boots or use “ blousing rubbers “. Probably because we were all destined for Vietnam and they didn’t want any of the jungle critters crawling up our legs.
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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Couldnít blouse them until we got out of Paris Island

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    Re: Blousing into the Boots

    Yep, San Diego MCRD was the same.
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