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In addition to the old standards-the sun, wind and dust goggles (SWDU), the ballistic/laser protective spectacles (BLPS) and the special protective eyewear cylindrical system (SPECS)-the Army has tested and approved several new commercial versions. The new ones make up the authorized protective eyewear list (APEL).

The only Army-approved combat eyewear are the SWDG, BLPS, SPECS and the products found on the APEL.

Sure, you can buy all kinds of eyewear in stores and online. Some even have NSNs. But just because a product carries an NSN doesn't make it safe to use. Unapproved eyewear does not offer the degree of protection combat soldiers need. So don't risk your sight. Use only the SWDG, BLPS, SPECS or the products found on the APEL. All APEL eyewear carry a green APEL label.

All the combat eyewear offers ballistic fragmentation and ultraviolet protection. Most individual products have interchangeable lenses. Only clear and gray/smoke sunglass lenses are authorized. Other lens tints, such as yellow, orange, rust and those known as "blue blockers", are not authorized. They make it hard to recognize certain colors. The only exceptions are the green or brown laser-protective lenses that fit the SWDG, BLPS and SPECS.

Laser in the Eye

The commercial products on the APEL DO NOT provide laser eye protection. If you need to protect your eyes from lasers, wear the SPECS, BLPS or SWDG--and order the appropriate laser-protective lenses.

THE OLD VETERANS

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Sun, Wind and Dust Goggles

Sun, wind and dust goggles (SWDG) are worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. If you wear eyeglasses, the SWDGs fit over them. The laser-protective lenses also provide ballistic fragmentation protection. One

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Ballistic/Laser Protective Spectacles

Ballistic/laser protective spectacles (BLPS) are primarily for soldiers who wear prescription eyeglasses. BUS have an optional prescription lens carrier (PLC) to hold your prescription lenses. The PLC fits behind the protective lens.

You can also wear the BUS PLC with the M40A1 mask by using an adapter, NSN 4240-01-389-7152. It's available through your optometry clinic.

BUS are available in four kinds of lenses: clear, gray (sunglass), and 2 wavelength (WL) and 3 wavelength (WL) laser protection. Each comes in its own frame, with a head strap and a carrying case. The laser-protective lenses also provide ballistic fragmentation protection. One size fits all.

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Special Protective Eyewear Cylindrical System

If you don't need to wear prescription eyeglasses, try the special protective eyewear cylindrical system (SPECS). SPECS comes in two sizes: regular and large. Regular fits most soldiers. The laser-protective lenses also provide ballistic fragmentation protection.

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE APEL

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Uvex XC Spectacles

Uvex XC spectacles can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eye-glasses and by those who don't. An optional PLC for prescription lenses is available. The wrap-around frame and lens protect the eyes and allow greater peripheral vision. The spectacles come in a one-size-fits-all frame.

Revision Sawfly USA Military Eyewear

Revision Sawfly USA Military eyewear can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. They come in two sizes: regular and large. An optional PLC that holds prescription lenses fits both sizes. The eyewear have adjustable temples and a head strap.

Eye Safety Systems Interchangeable Component Eyeshield

Eye Safety Systems (ESS) Interchangeable Component Eyeshield (ICE) comes in two sizes: ESS ICE 2 is the regular size; ESS ICE NARO is the small size. An optional PLC that holds prescription lenses fits both sizes. This eyewear can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. The eyewear also have adjustable temples and a head strap.

Oakley M Frame 2.0

Only soldiers who do not need to wear prescription eyeglasses should order the Oakley M Frame 2.0. A wrap-around frame and lens provide added protection. One size fits all.

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Uvex Genesis Spectacles

Uvex Genesis spectacles can be worn by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. An optional PLC for prescription lenses is available. It's the same one used for the Uvex XC spectacles. The wrap-around frame and lens protect the eyes and provide greater peripheral vision. The spectacles come in a one-size-fits-all frame. The Uvex Genesis fits smaller faces better than the Uvex XC.

Wiley-X PT -1 Spectacles

Wiley-X PT 1 spectacles should be worn only by soldiers who don't need to wear eyeglasses. A wrap-around frame and lens protect the entire eye socket. The frame comes with an adjustable rubber nosepiece. One size fits all.

Wiley-X SG-1 Spectacles

Only soldiers who don't need eyeglasses should wear these spectacles. A foam seal around each eye prevents dust and wind from getting in. You can detach the temples and replace them with an elastic head strap. One size fits all.

ESS Land Operations Goggles

These goggles can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. The ESS land operations goggles will fit over most eyeglasses.

Foam backing on the rubber frame helps the goggles fit snugly against your face. Foam-covered vent holes allow ventilation while keeping dust out. The kit comes with an anti-reflective sleeve that reduces glint when the goggles are not in use. One size fits all.

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ESS Vehicle Operations Goggles

These goggles can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. The ESS Vehicle Operations goggles will fit over most eyeglasses.

The goggles protect soldiers against high wind and dust while operating vehicles. The kit comes with an anti-reflective sleeve that reduces glint when the goggles are not in use. One size fits all.

ESS Profile NVG Goggles

These goggles can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. An optional PLC for prescription lenses is available. It's the same one that fits the ESS ICE 2 and the ESS ICE NARO spectacles.

The rubber frame fits snugly against your face. Foam-covered vent holes allow ventilation while keeping dust out.

The kit comes with an anti-reflective sleeve that reduces glint when the goggles are not in use. You can order the kit in one of three frame colors: black, desert tan or foliage green. One size fits all.

Revision Desert Locust Military Goggle System

Revision Desert Locust goggles can be worn both by soldiers who need prescription eyeglasses and by those who don't. An optional PLC for prescription lenses is available. It's the same one used for the Revision Sawfly USA Military Eyewear spectacles.

The kit comes with an anti-reflective sleeve that reduces glint when the goggles are not in use. A ventilated rubber frame aids in cooling. One size fits all.

Arena FlakJak Goggles

Wear Arena FlakJak goggles only if you don't need to wear eyeglasses. The kit comes with a micro-fiber storage pouch and an anti-reflective sleeve that reduces glint when the goggles are not in use. A ventilated rubber frame aids in cooling. One size fits all.

Get prescription lenses for combat eyewear through your post optometry clinic or medical support personnel. They know about the new commercial products and issuing procedures.

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/does/EyewearAPELMemo.pdf
 Item NSN 8465-01-

 SS WDG Kit with Type 3 clear lens 328-8268
and Type 4 gray lens. Includes frame,
 head strap and case.
Type 5 green lens, 2 wavelength (WL) 439-3506
 laser protection
Type 6 brown lens, 3 wavelength (WL) 439-3511
 laser protection
 Type 3 clear lens 109-3997
 Type 4 gray lens 109-3996

 Item NSN

 BLPS, clear lens 8465-01-416-4636
 BLPS, gray lens 8465-01-417-4004
BLPS, 2 WL laser protection 8465-01-416-3207
BLPS, 3 WL laser protection 8465-01-416-3210
 Case 8465-01-417-9963
 Head strap 8465-01-416-4637
 Prescription lens carrier 6540-01-264-1348

 NSN
 Item Size 8465-01-416-

SPECS Kit. Includes clear and gray lenses, Regular 4626
 frame, head strap and case.
SPECS Kit. Includes clear and gray lenses, Large 4629
 frame, head strap and case.
 SPECS, 2 WL laser protection. Regular 4634
 Includes lens and frame.
 SPECS, 2 WL laser protection. Large 4632
 Includes lens and frame.
 SPECS, 3 WL laser protection. Regular 4635
 Includes lens and frame.
 SPECS, 3 WL laser protection. Large 8516
 Includes lens and frame.
 SPECS, clear. Includes lens and frame. Regular 4628
 SPECS, clear. Includes lens and frame. Large 4631
 SPECS, gray. Includes lens and frame. Regular 4630
 SPECS, gray. Includes lens and frame. Large 4633
 Case -- 4627
 Head strap -- 4637

 Item NSN

 Uvex XC Spectacle Kit. Includes clear and gray 4240-01-516-5361
 lenses, frame, head strap, case and cleaning
 cloth.
 Clear lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-516-3469
 Gray lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-516-3473
Uvex XC Spectacles. Includes clear lens and frame. 4240-01-516-3460
Uvex XC Spectacles. Includes gray lens and frame. 4240-01-516-3452
 Case 4240-01-516-3444
 Prescription lens carrier 6540-01-516-5342

 Item Size NSN

 Revision Sawfly JSA Military Kit.
 Includes clear and sunglass lenses, Regular 4240-01-527-4051
head strap, frame, case and micro-fiber
 storage/cleaning mitt.
 Revision Sawfly JSA Military Kit.
 Includes clear and sunglass lenses, Large 4240-01-527-4018
head strap, frame, case and micro-fiber
 storage/cleaning mitt.
Clear lens with nosepiece (pack of 10) Regular 4240-01-527-4052
Clear lens with nosepiece (pack of 10) Large 4240-01-527-4061
 Sunglass lens with nosepiece Regular 4240-01-527-4053
 (pack of 10)
 Sunglass lens with nosepiece Large 4240-01-527-4063
 (pack of 10)
 Head strap (pack of 10) -- 4240-01-527-4067
 Prescription lens carrier with goggle -- 6540-01-527-4056
 connector (pack of 10)
 Anti-fog, anti-static lens cleaning -- 4240-01-527-4068
 spray (pack of 10)

 Item NSN

 ESS ICE 2 Kit. Includes clear and gray lenses,
 fog-repellent cloth, head strap and micro-fiber 4240-01-525-5085
 case.
ESS ICE NARO Kit. Includes clear and gray lenses, 4240-01-537-6143
 fog-repellent cloth, head strap and micro-fiber
 case.
 ESS ICE 2 clear lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-525-4819
 ESS ICE 2 gray lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-525-5098
ESS ICE 2 frame. Includes temples, nosepiece and 4240-01-525-5095
 head strap.
 ESS ICE NARO clear lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-549-0863
 ESS ICE NARO gray lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-549-0876
 ESS ICE NARO frame. Includes temples, nosepiece 4240-01-549-0934
 and head strap.
 Micro-fiber case 4240-01-518-9838
 Fog-repellent cloth (pack of 24) 4240-01-525-5107
 Head strap (pack of 24) 4240-01-525-4777
 Prescription lens carrier 6540-01-525-4784

 NSN
 Item 4244-01-525-

 Oakley M Frame 2.0
 Kit, Includes 3095
clear and gray lenses,
 frame and case.
 Clear lens 7555
 Gray lens 7554
 Case 7561
 Storage/cleaning bag 3109
 (pack of 5)

 Item NSN

Uvex Genesis Spectacle Kit. Includes clear 4240-01-552-4131
 and gray lenses, frame, head strap, case
 and cleaning cloth.
 Uvex Genesis Spectacle Clear Assembly. 4240-01-552-4142
 includes frame and clear lens.
 Uvex Genesis Spectacle Gray Assembly. 4240-01-552-4148
 Includes frame and gray lens.
 Clear lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-552-4178
 Gray lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-552-4181
 Carrying case 4240-01-516-3444
 Prescription lens carrier 6540-01-516-5342

 Item NSN 4240-01-

 Wiley XPT-1 Spectacles Kit.
Includes clear and gray lenses, 510-7853
 frame, head strap and case.
Wiley XPT-1 Single Lens System. 510-7848
Includes frame and clear lens.
Wiley XPT-1 Single Lens System. 510-7847
 Includes frame and gray lens.
 Clear lens (pack of 50) 528-5900
 Gray lens (pack of 50) 528-5901
 Case 528-5902

 Item NSN
 4240-01-504-

Wiley-X SG-1 Spectacle Kit. Includes clear and 994
green smoke lenses, frame, head strap, temples
 and case.
 Clear lenses 5326
 Green smoke lenses 5312
 Temples 6474
 Head strap 5754
 Frame. Includes temples and head strap. 6524
 Case 5797

 Item NSN 4240-01-

 Land Operations Goggles Kit (foliage green). 540-5576
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, strap and case.
 Land Operations Goggles Kit (desert tan). 540-5580
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, strap and case.
 Smoke gray lens (pack of 50) 492-5725
 Clear lens (pack of 50) 492-5722

 Item NSN 4240-01-

 Vehicle Operations Goggles Kit (black). 525-5101
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, strap and case.
 Smoke gray lens (pack of 50) 492-5725
 Clear lens (pack of 50) 492-5722

 Item NSN

 Profile NVG Goggles Kit (black). 4240-01-504-6222
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, head strap
 and case.
 Profile NVG Goggles Kit (desert tan). 4240-01-504-5727
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, head strap
 and case.
 Profile NVG Goggles Kit (foliage green). 4240-01-540-5585
Includes clear and gray lenses, frame, head strap
 and case.
 Smoke gray lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-504-6143
 Clear lens (pack of 50) 4240-01-504-5641
 Prescription lens carrier 6540-01-525-4784

 Item NSN

Revision Desert Locust Goggles Kit (foliage green).
 Includes clear and sunglass lenses, frame, 4240-01-547-6218
 head strap, case and micro-fiber cleaning mitt.
 Revision Desert Locust Goggles Kit (black).
 Includes clear and sunglass lenses, frame, 4240-01-547-6227
 head strap, case and micro-fiber cleaning mitt.
 Clear lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-547-6568
 Sung lass lens (pack of 10) 4240-01-547-6567
 Prescription lens carrier :with goggle connector 6540-01-527-4056

 Item NSN
 4240-01-

 FlakJak Arena Goggles Kit (foliage green). Includes 548-7366
 clear and smoke gray lenses, frame, head strap, storage
 pouch and cleaning cloth.
FlakJak Arena Goggles Kit (tan). Includes clear and smoke 527-4076
gray lenses, frame, head strap, storage pouch and cleaning
 cloth.
 Clear lens (pack of 50) 527-4079
 5moke gray lens (pack of 50) 527-4082
 Tan micro-fiber storage pouch 527-4078
 Tan head strap 527-4085
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