I started wearing After reading that, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and update my glasses. I probably paid upwards of $100, and that was just to get new lenses – no special coating, no fancy material, nothing. I paid out the nose and got an inferior product than I’d had before.
You’ll wear your civilian glasses at BMT for the first three weeks, until your issued glasses arrive. With the military’s plans to phase out the BCGs (Birth Control Glasses), I can’t tell you with certainty what you’ll receive now. Me, I ended up with this sexy pair of industrial strength frames, complete with a black elastic strap. Contain yourselves, readers.
You’ll also receive a “Frame of Choice,” to wear with your blues. You’ll select these eyeglasses frames from a poster board with deceiving images of your future specs. Nope, you won’t be trying these babies on, so it’s a crapshoot as to whether or not they’ll look good on you. [You can knock my BCGs all you want, but I prefer them to my frame of choice, which has a much narrower field of vision and slides off my face.]
When you graduate and go off to tech school, you’ve got options again, and don’t have to stick with the BCGs or the frame of choice. You do have to follow regulations however. AFI 36-2903 states:
[Disclosure: The following post was sponsored by GlassesUSA.com, who compensated me in return. Experiences and opinions described are my own. Discussion of Air Force Instructions does not imply support or endorsement by the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, or the Department of Defense.]