newssun
SUITABLE 
Weather Updates

Military takes off ‘Birth Control Glasses’

NAVY BUREAU OF MEDICINE The new standard-issue eyeglasses will be offered all active-duty Reserve personnel will be sole choice for

NAVY BUREAU OF MEDICINE The new standard-issue eyeglasses will be offered to all active-duty and Reserve personnel and will be the sole choice for service members at recruit depots.

storyidforme: 24637587
tmspicid: 9025425
fileheaderid: 4101215
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: February 26, 2012 8:06AM



GREAT LAKES — Young sailors might be a looking a little sexier at Naval Station Great Lakes.

That’s because military recruits who wear glasses no longer will have to endure the embarrassment of sporting unattractive BCGs — those despised standard-issue specs known as “Birth Control Glasses.”

The Naval Medical Logistics Command has chosen a new design, which will be offered to all active-duty and Reserve personnel and will be the sole choice for service members at recruit depots.

The glasses will soon be the rage on recruits’ faces at Naval Station Great Lakes and other military sites.

Recruits who need glasses were issued BCGs as part of standard boot camp medical care — and most quickly bought new ones after boot camp was over.

The new specs, called 5As, are “more hot college professor, less mad scientist,” opines the San Diego Union-Tribune.

As for the BCGs? They’ll continue to be standard issue for retirees, at least for now.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.