NATO Size Chart – Conversion guide

nato clothing size chart guide

If you need a bit of help understanding what size NATO clothing you need, our conversion guide will help you out. 

We’ve created a really simple NATO size chart that converts NATO sizes into typical UK clothing sizes so you can make sure you’re choosing the correct item.

How NATO & British Army Sizing Works

NATO sizes are made up of 6-digit numbers, which represent metric cm sizing for different parts of the body. 

This is how many army products are sized in Europe, so it’s worth being aware of the conversions so you choose the correct size you need. 

They are structured as below:

NATO/British Army Jackets & Shirt Sizes

With shirts and jackets, NATO sizes will be displayed as ‘xxx/yy’ where ‘xxx’ is your full height in cms (not the length of the garment) and ‘yy’ is your chest size in cms.

‘xxx’ = Full height in cms‘yy’ = Chest size in cms

NATO / British Army Trouser Sizes

Trousers are sized as ‘xx/yy/zz’ where ‘xx’ is your waist size in cms, ‘yy’ is inner leg size in cms and ‘zz’ is seat size in cms.

‘xx’ = Waist size in cms‘yy’ = Inner leg size in cms‘zz’ = Seat size in cms

British Army Uniform: An Overview

The British Army uniform is made up of sixteen categories. The most common of these categories is the Number 8 Combat Uniform, made up of a multi-terrain pattern smock, jacket and trousers. 

Before 2011, there were additional designs suited for desert and more tropical uses; however, these have since been replaced with the one Combat Uniform – designed to blend in with a range of environments. 

With hats, there are different coloured berets for the different regiments. These then have a regiment or corps badge attached when wearing the number 8 Combat Uniform.

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NATO Size Chart - Conversion guide

NATO & British Army Size Chart: Clothing, Footwear & Accessories 

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Shirts/Jackets
NATO Size UK Chest Sizes Height
170/88
35″- 37″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/96
38″- 40″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/104
40″- 42″
5’5″ – 5’9″
170/112
44″
5’5″ – 5’9″
180/88
35″- 37″
5’10” – 6′
180/96
38″- 40″
5’10” – 6′
180/104
40″- 42″
5’10” – 6′
180/112
44″
5’10” – 6′
190/96
38″- 40″
6′ – 6’8″
190/104
40″- 42″
6′ – 6’8″
190/112
44″
6′ – 6’8″
190/120
46″- 48″
6′ – 6’8″
Trousers
NATO Size
Waist Size
Inner Leg
Seat Size
80/80/96
32″
31 – 33″
38″
80/84/100
33.6″
31 – 33″
40″
84/88/104
35.2″
31 – 33″
42″
80/92/108
36″
31 – 33″
44″
80/96/112
38″
31 – 33″
46″
85/80/96
32″
33 – 36″
38″
85/84/100
33.6″
33 – 36″
40″
85/84/104
35.2″
33 – 36″
42″
85/92/108
36″
33 – 36″
44″
85/96/112
38″
33 – 36″
45″
85/100/116
40″
33 – 36″
46.5″
85/104/120
41.5″
33 – 36″
48″
Hats
Size 22″ 22 3/8″ 22 3/4″ 23 1/8″ 23 1/2″ 24″ 24 3/8″
Inches 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/2 7 5/8 7 3/4
Cm 56 57 58 59 60 61 62
Boots
UK EU USA Japan
6
7 41 8 25
8 42 9 26
9 43 10 27
10 44 11 28
11 45 12 29

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