Me and some buddies were arguing about the current regulation about wearing sunglasses while in uniform.
AR 670-1 (03 FEB 2005) Ch. 1-15 section 3 says that "Eyeglasses or sunglasses that are trendy, or have lenses or frames with intitials, designs, or other adornments are not authorize for wear. Soldiers may not wear lenses with extreme or trendy colors, which include but are not limited to, red, yellow, blue, purple, bright green or orange. Lens colors must be traditional gray, brown, or dark green shades. Personnel will not wear lenses or frames that are so large or small that they detract from the appearance of the uniform..."
So if I am reading this right, as long as the lens colors are gray, brown, or dark green; and the frames are plain with no designs or logos, soldiers can wear whatever they want? So I would be able to wear a pair of silver (or any color) sunglasses while in uniform as long as the lenses are gray, brown, or dark green?
I think this is one of those that falls back on the NCO's. I thin we determine what that means and make judgement cals based on our view of trendy. I think as the old way thinkers die off that the uniform wil very slowly become more relaxed. One day you will be abe to keep one hand in your pocket as long as your salute hand is free... something crazy like that. Who knows. I love the old school mentality of discipline and professionalism. We can add but not take away, right? I don't care if the 1SG doesn't mind logo's or lax on "trendy" or even if white socks isn't a big deal. If one of my soldiers wears it and I feel it looks trendy he or she isn't wearing it. Then they say, "1SG didn't say anything", to bad and take it off. But that's just me. Now you guys are getting me started and I am going to have to start another thread on another pet peave...lol
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Soldiers are authorized to now wear (MILPER Message) any PPE that was issued by RFI. This would include Wiley X, Oakley glasses and such. Logos do not matter.
However, I have a SSG who always tries to wear these silver framed glasses, and I dog his ass. He says they were RFI, so I just told him to turn them in to supply, and I will get him a darker pair. Then he cried foul.
I am not big on unifrom regulations, since I am currently deployed. However, some stuff does not pass the common sense test.
Posts: 157 | Location: USA | Registered: 12 January 2004
I am not big on unifrom regulations, since I am currently deployed.
What?!? Not thinking about AR 670-1 every second while deployed, man such an easy deployment.
hehe, just kidding. Although that reminds me when I was deployed and wearing PT belts and how someone high up didn't like the different colors people had so they ordered and received a couple of boxes of the orange/plastic PT belts for everyone.
I feel that if the glasses looks close to what are being issued, then it should be alright. There will be some senior leader that will question it and what I'll do is remove the glasses and drive on. I don't know about the GUCCI glasses.
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I see it like this. The re. is written to be interpreted by a reasonable perfessional standard. So if the glasses our sunglasses are not extreme or draw attention they are ok. Just ensure that the SM remembers the purpose of the glasses or sunglasses is to preserve or enhance eyesight, not to be stylish, so Gucci frame would get you a bad experience with me. Yes, they protect your eyes from the sun, but if you are issued Ballistic shades why would you spend that kind of money for something that does less? Thats like buying some Air Jordans that match your ACU's and having the nerve to wear them in uniform in lue of your boots.
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So question about sunglasses. Today I was standing around waiting when a SSG approached me and said is it bright today? I was thinking to myself well yes it is. It is a complete overcast day granted but I have had corrective eye surgery in 2008. My eyes seem to be a little sensitive to light still. She then proceeds to tell me to take them off that I do not have a profile therefor I "Can't just wear sunglasses for no reason." So me being a SPC I have learned just, "Hooah, and Roger" are my best friend. So I took them off but with frustration. I recently got home looked at the Regulation AR670-1 Ch. 1-15 where it specifically states about the wear of sunglasses. Nowhere did I find it saying that I was not allowed to wear them. The type of glasses I was wearing were Oakley M frames, Black. Now would it be wrong of me to correct her by showing her the regulation and my post policy letter on the wear of sunglasses that pretty much outlines AR670-1 CH 1-15?