1-1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE To provide a guide for Commanders and personnel engaged in the
fitting of uniforms and foot wear for both male and female soldiers.
REPORTING OF ERRORS, OMISSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The reporting of
errors, omissions and recommendations for improving this manual is encouraged. Reports should
be submitted on DA Form 2028, Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms.
Forward completed forms to Commander, US Army Soldier Systems Command, Natick RD&E
Center, ATTN: AMSSB-RIM-E(N), Natick, MA 01760-5052. Reasons should be provided on each
comment to ensure complete understanding of the recommendation for proper evaluation.
RESPONSIBILITIES. Commanders, at all levels, are responsible for ensuring that all
personnel in their command have properly fitted uniforms and footwear.
a. Body Measurement. An individuals physical dimensions measured over the underclothing
b. Drop. The difference between an individuals chest and waist measurements. The normal
drop ranges from four to seven inches.
c. Model. Model refers to the length of the garment. Ordinarily, five separate lengths (models)
are established: extra short (XS), short (S), regular (R), long (L) and extra long (XL).
d. Sizing System. Clothing items are supplied in sizes according to importance of fit.
(1) Adjective Size. When an exact fit is not critical, the item is supplied in five or six sizes,
with each size fitting a certain range of body measurements. For example, a size large undershirt
will fit individuals with chest measurements ranging from 42 to 44 inches.
(2) .Numeric Size. When an exact fit is critical, items are supplied in many sizes: one size for
each inch of body measurement. Uniform coats are available in 70 separate sizes. An example of
numerical sizing is 40 extra short, 40 short, 40 regular, 40 long, and 40 extra long.
e. Special Measurement Sizes. Special measurement clothing and footwear is provided to
personnel who cannot be properly fitted through alterations to standard tariff sizes. Special
measurement sizes may include tariff sizes which must be altered radically to compensate for an
individuals physical measurement.