When being fitted for shoes the individual should wear the light woolen sock which is preferable for general use about the barracks and on the march. In cold weather when a heavy woolen sock is to be worn larger shoes are necessary to prevent foot disability. Socks that are too small cramp the toes and produce a result identically the same as pointed narrow shoes.

On the other hand, large socks take up needed foot space in the shoe, and forming wrinkles produces painful blisters and abrasions. On the march, every man should carry at least three extra pairs of socks.

They are a necessity, and being light in weight can be easily carried. Manifestly, they are a most important part of the equipment. No socks which have been darned or socks with holes should be used on the march. Immediately after washing the feet the socks should be washed, dried and stretched before using again. Where facilities for washing are not at. hand they can be dried, kneaded and stretched. Changing of socks from one foot to another is advisable where time is available