How to Iron Navy Uniform Pants

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How to Iron Navy Uniform Pants
Iron and ironing board (ironing image by jovica antoski from

The uniform of the US Navy includes the dress uniform, service uniform and working uniform. When you wear your Navy uniform, you are representing the US Navy and must look your best. Before you iron your Navy uniform trousers, first launder them properly, then hang the wet trousers on a trousers hanger, but don't allow them to dry completely. It is best to iron them while they are still damp.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Trousers hanger

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  1. 1

    Set up your ironing board as close as possible to the nearest electrical socket. Set your iron on the ironing board and plug it into the electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Adjust your iron to the medium setting. Even though your Navy uniform trousers are 100% cotton, you don't want to risk burning or scorching them.

  3. 3

    Take your damp uniform trousers off the hanger and turn them inside out. Slide the open waistline of the trousers onto the thin, pointed end of the ironing board. With your hands, stretch the trousers out as flat as you can across the surface of the ironing board. Spray a light film of water on the fabric of your trousers.

  4. 4

    Press the hot surface of the iron down on the fabric of your uniform trousers. Start ironing your uniform trousers. Iron around the waistband, and then iron the fabric in the pelvic area below the waistband. As you move toward a new area, spray a bit of water on the fabric, then iron. Move in the direction of the pockets, and iron both sides of the pockets. Iron the fly, and then the seams of your uniform trousers.

  5. 5

    Arrange one of the pant legs along the length of the ironing board, smoothing it out. Spray with water, then iron up and down the leg of the trousers. Repeat this procedure on the other pant leg.

  6. 6

    Turn the trousers right side out. Arrange them on the ironing board as you did in Step 3. Iron the front, top section of your trousers.

  7. 7

    Lift the trousers up off the ironing board, shake them out and fold the pant legs along the sharp military creases. Lay each pant leg on the ironing board so the vertical creases are straight, and iron one pant leg, running the iron back and forth over the crease to make it stiff and professional-looking. Repeat with the other leg.

  8. 8

    Iron the cuffs of the trousers, running the iron over the fold of the cuff to make it stiff. Remove the trousers from the ironing board and hang them on a trousers hanger. Stand the iron upright on the ironing board, turn it off and unplug it.

Tips and warnings

  • Iron your Navy uniform trousers inside out as much as possible; if the iron causes a stain or mark, it won't be visible on the outside.
  • To avoid burning the fabric of your trousers, keep moving the iron and don't rest it face down on the fabric.

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