The Japanese army service uniform is Olive Drab in color and is made of Cotton or woolen material, depending on the
season of the year. Cotton is used during Summer while wool is reserved for the winter.
The enlisted man's uniform is usually ill fitting but serviceable.
Uniforms were also used by members of the preparatory military academy and the cadets at the signal school, Kumagaya
Air School, Air Technical School, Engineer school and Toyama physical training school. All these institutions issued
coats of similar appearance as the active duty military except that the pockets are all outside patch pockets with
The upper pockets have box pleats down the center. The pocket pleats in the case of the preparatory military school
uniforms are not so wide as those of the other schools. The sleeve bands in the case of the Intendance School and other
school uniforms are parallel to the cuff, but the sleeve band of the preparatory military school is slightly Chevron-
As for the trousers and breeches - Officers and warrant officers wear trousers of standard pattern usually cut very high
at the waist and without cuffs. Spiral puttees are often worn in the field with trousers by officers. Mounted officers
were the standard type of breeches when mounted or wearing boots. Men wear breeches and spiral puttees.
It is interesting to note that during time of peace and in very special occassions, officers were a Blue full dress
uniform with French style cap and pompon.
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