M1876-1884 NCO & Officer US Army Trousers
In March the Secretary of War approved and introduced a new style of trousers which was also approved by the troops in the field. The trousers were to have a strap and buckle on the back finally eliminating the years of adjusting cord, but still retaining the V-Shape slit for comfort. The pockets were to be higher with a side watch pocket and the waist band had also been eliminated.
Trouser strips were issued to NCO’s to be worn along the seams of the trousers in conjunction with upper sleeve chevrons to identify his rank with his fatigue coat removed.
Corporal 1/2 inch
Sergeant 1 inch
Officer 1 1/2 inch