Monday, January 30, 2012


Well, it looks like the days of military-issued BCG's ("Birth Control Glasses") are a thing of the past. It was announced recently the military has decided to replace these gawdy glasses with something with a more stylish look.

BCG is the nickname given to the glasses because service members believe that while wearing BCGs, it is impossible to attract the opposite sex because of their unflattering appearance.

Circa 1996

Manufactured by the United States Safety Service Co. since 1990, this design reflects a specification for durability at the lowest possible cost.  They are large enough to provide a wide field of vision, but can be so large as to interfere with peripheral vision or the sights of a rifle under certain circumstances. As well as being waterproof, they are also impact resistant and satisfy many eye protection requirements.

Prior to the current style, the standard issue were a black pair which were similar to the 1950's style horn-rimmed eyeglasses, aka the "Buddy Holly" glasses.

The new glasses have not yet been revealed, but quite frankly, I like the black ones and would love to own a pair.