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How To Measure Videos

Your military uniform sizes may be different than your normal civilian clothes sizes. In order to get a proper uniform fit, you should take the following measurements to help with the sizing process. You will need a cloth or plastic tape measure and someone to help take your measurements. Throughout these videos, we use the word “snug.” “Snug” means that the tape measure is tight but loose enough to slide your hand under the tape. If you have any questions about the measurements, call us at 800.255.6136 or e-mail at


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Your cap size may not be your beret or patrol cap size. Service caps have a constant and more rigid shape than a beret, in addition, the beret will stretch a little over time. To properly measure your head, you will need someone to assist you and either a tape measure or a piece of string.


Measure around your neck at the point where the collar is worn, pulling the tape snug to remove gaps between the tape and the skin. Do not pull the tape so tight that it discolors the skin. Round the measurement up to the next ½" for your collar size.


Stand up straight and relaxed. Measure around the largest part of the chest with the tape passing under the arms, remaining parallel to the floor and pulled snug.


Stand up straight and relaxed. Measure around the largest part of the bust with the tape passing under the arms, pulled snug, and remaining parallel to the floor.

Sleeve Outseam

Stand with your arms held relaxed at your sides. Measure from the center of the back, over the shoulder, and to the bottom of the wrist bone where the hand joins the wrist.





Stand up straight and relaxed. Measure around your waist where the trousers are worn; generally this is the smallest part of the waist. Pull the tape snug. Remember, military uniform trousers are worn around your natural waist which may not necessarily be the same way your jeans fit.





Stand up straight with your feet together. Measure around the fullest part of your hips, keeping the tape snug and parallel to the floor.


Measure the inside seam from the crotch to the bottom of the trouser leg. Another good technique is to measure a pair of well-fitting trousers while laying them on a flat surface.

Skirt Length

Measure from your waistline to the center of your kneecap.

Female Uniform Sizes

Your military uniform sizes may be different than your "normal" civilian clothes sizes. The military uses Department of Defense sizing tables, which may be much different that your civilian sizes.