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Ask An Infantryman - The Pantyhose Exception

Infantrymen! One of our own seeks your counsel:

A few weeks ago, I was having a liquid lunch with a bunch of military friends.  One of whom is named Jim Nasium.  Now, Jim was a graduate of one of the nation's finest military colleges, but spent his entire time as an enlisted Infantry soldier, earning a CIB in Afghanistan.  This is very admirable.

But soon, among Rangers, SF Soldiers, and leg Infantry, the talk turned to long road marches.  One of our lady friends asked us how we kept blisters from forming on a 12 or 25 mile road march.  I replied, "Pantyhose".

She laughed a bit.  And then I explained, "The pantyhose reduces the friction between your skin and your sock. It works like a charm.  All you do is get an old pair and cut them at the calf..."

It was at this point that my friend Jim interrupted, "Cut them off?!  Why would you do that?"

"Wait." Long pause. "You don't mean to say that you actually wore pantyhose?!"  I looked around the room at the others who were laughing but shaking their heads to get me to stop this line of questioning.

So, Infantrymen, I ask you:  Is it perfectly acceptable for Jim Nasium to wear full pantyhose on a long ruck march?

Cordially,

China Bull

Infantrymen!  We await your wise guidance in the Comments.

[You can read all of our Ask An Infantryman series here]

UPDATE: The Rumor Doctor at the Stars & Stripes covered this topic back in February. Notice that the Army General wore cut off nylons...and it also quotes our good friend, Nick Palmisciano of Ranger Up.

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