Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL®)

Current as of 24 Jan 2024

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.



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.

APEL® vendors should take all precautions to mitigate APEL® products being sold to non-DoD or non-military personnel or entities


Government Eyewear System (G-Eyes)

Service members who require prescription correction may obtain the UPLC filled with their prescriptive lenses through their garrison optometry clinic, deployed optometry clinic or medical support section. Deployed soldiers may also obtain replacement prescription lenses through the G-Eyes website.


NOSTRA provides support to deployed and non-deployed personnel, as well as active duty, guard, and reserve individuals.