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November 20, 2007

Stockings in the services

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Stockings in the services

(Edited from contributions to the Stockings HQ discussion forum)

“It seems to me that the services (apart from the Police Force) seem to have a stipulation that female members must wear sheer hosiery. Can anyone confirm this and if so, it shows that the services, along with the uniforms, know how the finest details should be sexy!”

“I have worked as a civilian with all three of the UK Armed Forces (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force) and would like to tell you of my experiences.

“Army – this appears to be a tights-only zone, unfortunately. I caught two sightings of ‘visible suspender line’, one confirmed, one not confirmed.

“Royal Air Force – a much better situation. Probably about 25% stocking wearers based on the small sample I have worked with. Officers seem to prefer stockings. I knew one particularly pretty flight lieutenant who wore them, as the clips were visible under her skirt. (The light blue-grey colour of the RAF uniform is excellent for showing these things.) I would have loved to see them. I also knew another flt lt whose clips were visible. Wonderful. The other ranks seem to prefer tights.

“Royal Navy – by far the best. When I worked at a naval establishment, I got two sightings. The first was a lieutenant who worked in IT and came to my office to install my PC. She knelt on my desk and bent forwards to fumble for a network cable. Her skirt rode up and I was treated to a long glimpse of creamy thigh and stocking-top. The second time was a leading wren getting out of a car. My office was on the first floor with a courtyard just outside. A car pulled up, I looked outside, and saw this wren open the passenger door and step outside. From my angle, I got a clear view right up her skirt all the way to her white panties, with the stocking welts on show. As you can imagine that really made my day.

“Another situation with the Navy: at another base, I was doing an assignment in an office occupied by two young wrens, one of whom whispered to the other that she had a ladder in one of her stockings.

“As for uniform regulations, as far as I know, they no longer stipulate stockings, so female personnel have a choice of stockings or tights. Indeed, I saw one document recently which included a list of clothing and equipment for female soldiers to take on a course. It included four pairs of flesh-tone tights. Preferred colours: the Army seem to allow a choice of flesh, tan, or black; the RAF mostly wear grey; and the Navy all go for black.”

“The dress regulations for the air force state sheer (seamless) tights or stockings in barely black. It used to be pewter. The only reason I know this is that I am a member of the air force reserve and have access to the regulations. Opaque tights/stockings are not allowed. Also, female service personnel get an annual tights allowance which covers some of their expenses.”

“The the last Forces dress regulations I saw (in the 1980s, and I think they dated from the late 1960s) the colour specified was ‘grey’ (which might be the same as pewter!) but it specifically said (I remember the words exactly!) ‘plain fully-fashioned or seamless’.

“I wonder when (a) the term ‘fully-fashioned’ was removed and (b) the colour changed from grey/pewter to barely black? Any ideas?”

“Until recently, the RAF girls wore grey, the Army generally wore tan and the Wrens wore black. Today there would appear to be some standardisation of colour as all three Services seem to be issued with sheer black hosiery. Yesterday I saw a female RAF sergeant wearing black nylon on her legs. ”

“There certainly used to be a supply of regulation stockings – an army surplus shop in East London sold (and possibly still sells) WREN-issue black mesh RHT stockings, complete with RN stock number printed into the welt!”

“I am a member of the RAF but I wont say where I am based. Girls in the RAF still wear stockings very regularly. I see girls most days riding bicycles and with them wearing a skirt it is very easy to see the tops of their stockings. Now this might sound unusual as most girls in civilian environments wear tights but I can assure you that is not the case in the Air Force. As well as this they are also entitled to claim free stockings or tights allowance each month so they don’t have to pay for them!”

“Adrian Mole might have his cappuccino years but I’ve got my sheer bliss years from my time spent in the Royal Navy mid ’80s to early ’90s when wrens wore stockings every day. Admittedly in some cases it was a cost saving exercise – cheaper to replace one stocking than a pair of tights – but us young matelots didn’t complain, that’s for sure. I left just as wrens were about to serve on ships which was when their working uniforms fell in line with the lads. Even I have to concede stockings are impractical onboard warships -at least in the every day working environment.”

“A female officer who was once instructing us in a class, perched on the edge of the desk a few times giving some of us a clear view of her thighs above her stocking tops. One guy told me how her could see right up an officer’s skirt when he was having a performance review. But none of us who went after him got to see anything above mid-thigh.”

“I used to be in the Army and I found that whether they wore stockings was purely down to the individual. Of couse they had to wear tights or stockings when wearing a skirt, the legs had to be covered.”

“I’ve just come back from Thailand where the female policewomen wear the sexiest uniforms! Above the knee skirts with sheer tanned hosiery, complimented with court shoes with a 3″ heel.”

“From experience I can tell you that suspender belts are regularly worn by officers in the RAN, for both tropical and winter situations. The dark blue of the winter tunic makes detection more difficult than the thinner white fabric of the summer uniform, but standing to attention for long periods as the ship heads into the wind can be telling!”

“I spent five years in the Royal Air Force and reckon that the number of women wearing stockings every day had to be between 50 and 65%. After a while it appeared to be the norm. They used to be as part of the original kit allocation (grat. issue) and then a monthly ‘kit allowance’ (ironic connotations!) was supposed to take care of these expenses.”

“I was in the RN for a number of years throughout most of the ‘revival’ years in the eighties; and, on several occasions I saw some Wrens in FF’s (HMS Collingwood, Nelson and Drake). Bliss. I also had a couple of Wren girlfriends during this time who were happy to engage in coupling whilst in full ‘kit’. I only ever saw plain black stockings or the odd pair of FF’s so there were clearly regulations in force as during that time civvies were wearing all manner of patterned hosiery (dots, swirls, zigzags etc.) and I never saw these.

“In training, at HMS Raleigh, we would sometimes (with the help of a ‘subversive’ Duty PO) get into the Wrens’ Drying Room and inspect the myriad underwear on display. This consisted entirely of either black or white. It was heaven: suspender belts, black stockings and tights (about 50-50 in 1981) were everywhere on display.

“What I remember vividly was how ‘game’ the girls were at that time. The majority went along with it all and would leave us in no uncertain doubt as to what ‘side-of-the-fence’ they were on! Later, this carried on in the Fleet, as we would have marvellous occasions called ‘Wrens’ Sea Day’ during which a party of said would come aboard and we’d spend a day at sea (hopefully in as rough as weather as possible in order for us to be macho and pretend it was a mere ripple and assert: ‘you lot would never survive if you went to sea full time’) gallantly helping the girls down ladders…from beneath! Now, most of the Wrens who came on these affairs were relatively experienced and knew all about the legendary ladder situation but, around 50% of them wore the correct underwear anyway. Great times!”

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