Sunglasses

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  1. mattjr96

    mattjr96 Member

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    I'll be returning to freshman orientation this week as a 3/C marine option to help out. We'll be in desert marpats during a field evolution for the greater part of a day. My question is if rayban wayfarers are appropriate sunglasses. I don't own any Oakley military style ones and much prefer my raybans. If anyone has any insight to the specific rules for usmc sunglasses please let me know.

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  2. NavyHoops

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    As long as they are dark green or darker (such as black) frames and conservative in nature you should be fine. Make sure they don't have polarized/mirror lenses.
     
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    Agree with Navyhoops but would caution that while these may be the active duty regs, your MOI and AMOI can set the standards and may disagree with your Raybans. Best to check with them.
     
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    Just curiosity. I can understand non-mirrored lenses. Why no polarized lenses?
     
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    I assume this is still current but not 100% positive. Assume Navyhoops was referring to photosensitive and not polarized.

    "Sunglasses, when worn, will be conservative in appearance without ornamentation. Manufacturer logos should be small and inconspicuous. Sunglasses may be worn on leave, liberty, and in garrison but not in formation unless prescribed by the commander or certified medical authority. When authorized for wear in formations, sunglass lenses will be of standard green, black, or brown shade or may be the type commonly referred to as "photosensitive."" (MARINE CORPS ORDER P1020.34G W/CH 1-5 dated 31 March 2003)
     
  6. NavyHoops

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    Yes, messed that part up. Was thinking one thing and typed another!
     
  7. NavyHoops

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    Don't wear them in formation. And agree MOI sets the rules.
     
  8. AF6872

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    I have always liked Serengeti but years ago Raybans were the things to wear. Youngest daughter stole my last pair of Raybans bought at the MidStore in 2011.
     
  9. kinnem

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    Definitely off topic but it does involve sunglasses. I think this is a story from "One Bullet Away" by Nathaniel Fick. His recon platoon was patrolling the outskirt suburbs of Baghdad shortly after the fall of the city. On their first trip through one suburb everyone was ecstatic to see them. When they cam through a week later, the inhabitants were sullen and avoiding Fick's Marines. Through his 'terp, Fick asked the elders what was wrong. They told him it was their sunglasses. Sunglasses? "Yes, the men of the village think they give you XRay vision to see through their women's hijabs". In an effort to show them this was not the case he made the elder put his sunglasses on. After a moment, and a glance around, the elder said, "Turn them on!". :D
     
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    Hahaha. Thanks kinnem for that one. I think I did read that also. I always wore sunglasses over there when I patrolled. When I had interactions with local population I switched to clear lenses or took off my sunglasses. I am a believer in eye to eye contact with people. It makes me cringe when I see upperclassmen wearing sunglasses while yelling at Plebes. Take them off, make eye contact, don't hide. Luckily we could never wear them as Mids except on liberty so it wasn't an issue, but they seem to be popping up more and more.
     
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