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LOTS A SAND FLYIN', BUT NOT IN MY EYES.

THESE GOGGLES ARE GREAT!

THESE GLASSES CUT THE GLARE OF THE SNOW.

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These are the only products authorized for Army use.

* All approved combat eyewear are found on the authorized protective eyewear list (APEL)

* 2- or 3-wavelength (WL) laser protective Ballistic/Laser Protective Spectacles (BLPS)

* 2- or 3-WL laser protective Special Protective Eyewear Cylindrical System (SPECS)

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* 2- or 3-WL laser protective Sun, Wind and Dust Goggles (SWDG)

THE ARMY HAS APPROVED ONLY CLEAR AND NEUTRAL GRAY SUNGLASS LENSES.

THE ONLY EXCPETIONS ARE PRODUCTS WITH APPROVED LASER PROTECTIVE LENSES.

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MAN, THAT WAS CLOSE! THESE GOGGLES JUST SAVED MY EYES!

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HERE'S A SUMMARY OF ALL THE ARMY-APPROVED COMBAT EYEWEAR.

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CURRENTLY, THESE LENSES ARE AVAILABLE IN GREEN (2-WL PROTECTION) AND BROWN (3-WL PROTECTION).

THE ARMY HAS NOT APPROVED NON-LASER COMMERCIAL LENS TINTS, SUCH AS YELLOW, BECAUSE THEY DISTORT COLORS.

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DO YOU WEAR PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASES? IF YOU DO, THE FOLLOWING TABLES TELL YOU WHICH SPECTACLES OR GOGGLES YOU CAN WEAR.

THEY ALSO TELL YOU IF THE GOGGLES HAVE BALLISTIC FRAGMENTATION, ULTRAVIOLET (UV) AND LASER PROTECTION.

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At a Glance

 Ballistic
 Fragmentation
 and UV
 protection
 (applies to
Combat Prescription all approved Laser
Eyewear Capable? lenses) Protection

Ballistic/Laser Yes. Yes Yes.
Protective Primarily for BLPS to be worn
Spectacles Soldiers who wear only with 2-WL or
(BLPS) prescription 3-WL lens.
 eyeglasses
 Spectacles have
 an optional
 prescription lens
 carrier (PLC) to
 hold prescription
 lenses.

Special No. Yes Yes.
Protective Wear them only if SPECS to be worn
Eyewear you don't need only with 2-WL or
Cylindrical prescription 3-WL lens.
System (SPECS) eyeglasses.

Sun, Wind and Yes. Yes Yes.
Dust Goggles Wear them alone SWDG to be worn
(SWDG) or over only with 2-WL or
 prescription 3-WL lens.
 eyeglasses. PLC
 not available.

ESS Crossbow Yes. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them with or
 without PLC.

Oakley SI Yes. Yes No
Ballistic M Wear them with or
Frame 2.0 without PLC.
Spectacles

Revision Sawfly Yes. Yes Wear with 2-WL or
Spectacles (Two Wear them with or 3-WL lens for
sizes--regular without PLC. laser protection.
and large) * See Note on
 page 51.

Smith Yes. Yes No
Optics Wear them with or
Aegis without PLC.

Uvex Genesis Yes. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them with or
 without PLC.

Uvex XC Yes. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them with or
 without PLC.

Wiley X PT-1 No. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them only if
 you don't need
 prescription
 eyeglasses.

Wiley X SG-1 No. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them only if
 you don't need
 prescription
 eyeglasses.

Wiley X Talon Yes. Yes No
Spectacles Wear them with or
 without PLC.

Arena Flakjak No. Yes No
Goggles Wear them only if
 you don't need
 prescription
 eyeglasses.

ESS Land Yes. Yes No
Operations Wear them alone
Goggles or over
 prescription
 eyeglasses. PLC
 not available.

ESS Profile NVG Yes. Yes No
Goggles Wear them with or
 without PLC.

Revision Desert Yes. Yes Wear with 2-WL or
Locust Goggles Wear them with or 3-WL lens for
 without PLC. laser protection.
 * See Note on
 page 51.

Smith Optics Yes. Yes No
Outside the Wear them with or
Wire (OTW) without PLC.
Goggles


Oakley SI M Frame

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Revision Sawfly

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Uvex Genesis

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Smith Optics Aegis

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Wiley X PT-1

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Wiley X SG-I

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Arena Flakjak

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FSS Land Operations

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Revision Desert Locust

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* NOTE: You may continue to use SPECS, SWDG, and BLPS for laser eye protection.

IN ADDITION, THE ARMY HAS TAKEN STEPS TO ADD LASER PROTECTION TO SOME APEL ITEMS, SUCH AS THE REVISION SAWFLY SPECTACLES AND THE REVISION DESERT LOCUST GOGGLES.

IF YOU NEED BALLISTIC FRAGMENT PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR WITH LASER PROTECTION, CONTACT PM-SOLDIER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PM-SPE), DSN 654-2500, OR (703) 704-2500.

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YOUR LOCAL MILITARY OPTOMETRY OR OPHTHALMOLOGY CLINIC, AS WELL AS CLINICS IN THEATER, CAN SUPPLY PLCS AT NO COST.

UNITS IN THEATER THAT NEED REPLACEMENT PLCS CAN ALSO ORDER THEM FROM THE G-EYES GOVERNMENT EYEWEAR SYSTEM WEBSITE: https://g-eyes.amedd.army.mll

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Replacement Parts

Units that order combat eyewear, listen up. If spectacles or goggles get chipped, scratched or broken, don't order a complete eyewear system. Instead, order replacement lenses and frames at a fraction of the cost. They're available through the Army supply system. Unit supply personnel should determine whether a complete eyewear system is needed or if a replacement part will do.

You'll find currently available parts on the PS Hot Topics web page:

https://www.logsa.army.mil/ psmag/topics.cfm

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON APEL COMBAT EYEWEAR, VISIT THESE PEO SOLDIER WEB PAGES ...

https://peosoldier.army.mil/pmseq/eyewearmessage.asp

https://peosoldier.army.mil/pmseq/eyewear.asp

https://peosoldier.army.mil/docs/EyewearAPELMemo.pdf
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