Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL)

Qualified Products List (QPL) is a list of manufacturers who have had their products examined and tested and who have satisfied all applicable qualification requirements for that product. The QPL for eyewear protection is the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL). The following eyewear meet Army standards for ballistic protection.

Authorized Spectacles

  • ESS CrossbowESS Crossbow
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses
    • Retention system locks the lenses in, or opens for easy lens exchange
    • RX Capable
  • Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 2.0Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 2.0
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses
    • Extra lightweight
    • RX Capable
  • Revision SawFlyRevision SawFly
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch chemical resistant lenses
    • Available in Regular, Small, and Large
    • Thin telescoping ear pieces accommodate hearing and commo gear
    • RX Capable
  • Smith Optics AegisSmith Optics Aegis
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses
    • Available in Regular and Small
    • RX Capable
  • UVEX GenesisUVEX Genesis
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses
    • Ventilated frame provides ratcheting and telescoping ear pieces
    • RX Capable
  • UVEX XCUVEX XC
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses
    • Wide coverage lenses wrap around for extra protection
    • Ventilated frame provides ratcheting and telescoping ear pieces
    • RX Capable
  • Wiley X PT-1Wiley X PT-1
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch chemical resistant lenses
  • Wiley X SG-1Wiley X SG-1
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch chemical resistant lenses
    • Dual lens design
    • The earpieces can be replaced with a strap
  • Wiley X TalonWiley X Talon
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch chemical resistant lenses
    • Wide coverage lenses wrap around for extra protection
    • Adjustable nosepiece provides a comfortable fit
    • RX Capable
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Authorized Goggles

  • Arena Flak JakArena Flakjak
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch chemical resistant lens
    • Uses a foam backing for a comfortable fit and filtered ventilation
  • ESS Land OpsESS Land Ops
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lens
    • Uses a foam backed frame for extra comfort and filtered ventilation
  • ESS Profile NVGESS Profile NVG
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lens
    • One-size frame with foam for a comfortable fit and good ventilation
    • RX Capable
  • Revision Desert LocustRevision Desert Locust
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lens
    • Uses foam filtration against sand and dust
    • RX Capable
  • Smith Optics Outside the WireSmith Optics Outside the Wire
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lens
    • Uses a foam edge for a comfortable fit and filtered ventilation
    • RX Capable
  • Wiley X SpearWiley X SPEAR
    • Anti-fog and anti-scratch lens
    • Uses a removable foam gasket to give the Soldier a choice between a foam or rubber face seal
    • RX Capable
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Important Notices

Please be advised that only eyewear on the APEL have been validated against Army requirements for ballistic fragmentation protection. Other commercial eyewear products, even if marked ANSI Z87.1 compliant, do not necessarily meet military impact requirements. Eyewear not on the APEL are not authorized for wear during combat, training, or when there is a risk of impact injury to the eyes.

Please be advised only clear and neutral grey sunglass lenses are approved, with the exception of products with approved laser protective lenses. Non-laser commercial lens tints, such as yellow, are not approved for use due to their impact on color perception.

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Page last updated on April 21, 2014