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PEO Soldier Publishes Updated Authorized Protective Eyewear List

PEO Soldier just released an updated version of the US Army Approved Protective Eyewear List, and it includes more options than ever.


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18 Responses to “PEO Soldier Publishes Updated Authorized Protective Eyewear List”

  1. Eddie says:

    No Oakley A-Frames? This is an outrage! >:c

  2. Sam says:

    I wish they would respond to my request to look at the ‘Asian Fit’ version for the Smith Optics Aegis Arc…

    • Jian Hong says:


      They should also look at more Asian Fit versions of eyewear already on the list too

  3. Greg says:

    Man I hate those Universal Prescription Lens Carriers. They sit too close to my eyes, and my eyelashes get them dirty almost instantly. Would be nice to see some proper protective prescription glasses, without stuffing an insert inside.

    • Justin M. says:

      Thats a tough one for big army and the industry. On one hand improvement is definitely needed as the “universal carrier’ doesn’t work for everyone. On the other hand, current mfg/protection levels don’t allow for prescription lenses in an eye shields and the protective sunglasses are not ‘one size fits all’ — which would open pandora’s box as far as sku and inventory control go.

      Best bet, get some scissors and trim those eyelashes. Field expedient fix. Then when time allows call up smith optics/elite and get some prescription ballistic sunglasses. 🙂

      • T.H says:

        YEP, Ive had the same issue… Called the corpsman over and had them babies trimmed in a few seconds!

      • sww says:

        You can also buy prescription ballistic glasses (Wiley-X does it and it doesn’t cost more than a regular pair of prescription glasses).

        • Dellis says:

          ^^^ This.

          I am not in a combat situation but for range time and any classes I may take I have a few prescription glasses. WileyX makes some nice frames where you can insert your lenses in. I have some nice frames and in a smoked lens I have my distance prescription being set up along with a yellow lens for overcast days.

          My clear lens has my full prescription in them. This way I avoid the inserts. It may cost more but it’s a better custom fit having the glasses or frames made around your prescriptions.

      • andrew says:

        It would help if PEO would push the APEL standard (MIL-V-43511D/MIL-PRF-31013?) into the ANSI Z87.1 standard, which would widen the potential market. Prescription eyewear meeting Z87.1 is easy to get filled.

        I’ve looked at the Smith Optics’ prescription option but it’s not clear that their online partner (Sport RX) uses lenses that match the frame’s rating. Only the frame is rated as ANSI Z87.1 and MIL-PRF-31013 in the info box and no mention of the lenses they put in.

        • andrew says:

          *PEO Soldier

        • Da Hui says:

          It is difficult to ensure MIL-PRF-31013 into RX lenses as everyone has a different RX. The varying degrees of lens thickness complicates the insurance of the standard. This is why you are not finding any 31013 ratings on fixed lens options.

    • Jian Hong says:

      The ends of the UPLC also rubbed on the ballistic lens too, leaving visible scratch marks which drove me crazy. They also had slight optical distortion which gave me a headache if I wore them for a long time. Not to mention with clear lenses you look as much as a dweeb as you did wearing BCGs. My old issued ESS ICE with UPLC was my only choice for sunglasses until the Marine Corps approved my LASIK surgery. Eyeshields are so much nicer now without those stupid inserts!

  4. Stefan S. says:

    PEO-Soldier another Soup-samich organization.

  5. bulldog76 says:

    No wiley x saber on the list wtf

    • SSD says:

      This is a bit of an issue with the program. Eyepro that has been approved in the past may not be on the most current list.

      • bulldog76 says:

        Ya I see this and I personally think thats bull but stuff hsppens

  6. Jian Hong says:

    Why isn’t any of the Smith Elite shades like the Director or Hudson on the list? Or the ESS CDI, CDI Max, 5B and Credence?? Im surprised that the Oakley Racing Jacket made it, never knew there was a ballistic version of that. The new Ballistic Det Cord didn’t make the cut?