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AR 670-1: Chapter 20-24: Socks

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a. Socks, tan, green, or black, cushion sole.

(1) Type. The socks are clothing bag issue items or optional purchase items.

(2) Description. The socks are tan, green, or black, stretch type, calf-length with a cushion sole.

(3) How worn. The cushion sole socks are worn by all personnel when wearing combat or organizationally issued boots. They can also be worn as a two-sock system with the standard liner sock (also called the black dress sock) for additional foot protection.

b. Socks, black dress; sock, boot liner.

(1) Type. The socks are clothing bag issue items for male personnel and optional purchase items for females.

(2) Description. The socks are made from an approved specification or commercial design. They are calf-length, black polyester and nylon.

(3) How worn. Black socks are worn with black oxford shoes.

c. Socks, white, service.

(1) Type. The socks are optional purchase items.

(2) Description. The socks are of an approved specification or commercial design. They are white cotton or cotton and nylon, plain, ribbed, stretch type, or with an elastic top.

(3) How worn. Males wear the white socks with the white oxford shoes. Females may wear the white socks instead of white stockings when wearing the hospital duty pantsuit with the white oxford shoes.

d. Stockings, sheer.

(1) Type. The stockings are a one-time cash allowance as part of the initial clothing bag allowance.

(2) Description. The stockings are sheer or semisheer, without seams, and of tones complementary to the wearer’s skin tone and to the uniform. No patterned or pastel stockings are authorized while in uniform.

(3) How worn. The stockings are worn with the service, dress, and mess uniforms. As an option when wearing slacks, females may wear black socks with the black oxford shoe or the optional ankle boots. The socks must be calf length,
plain, black cotton, or cotton and nylon (see para b, above).

e. Stockings, white.

(1) Type. The stockings are optional purchase items.

(2) Description. They are sheer or semisheer, without seams.

(3) How worn. Females wear the white stockings with the hospital duty uniforms, when wearing the white oxford shoes. Females may wear white socks instead of white stockings when wearing the hospital duty pantsuit.