4 Reasons Military 'Birth Control Glasses' Shouldn't Get the Boot

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Army 'Birth Control' Glasses

When you think of the military, you don't exactly think stylish, trendy, or fashionable -- right? That's exactly why it's a tad ironic that, for years now, they've actually been ahead of the fashion curve with their standard issue Birth Control Glasses (BCGs). OK, that's not their real name. Technically referred to as "S9s," the brown thick-rimmed prescription glasses allegedly make the wearer "so unattractive" that snagging a member of the opposite sex is pretty darn hard.

Now, the military is swapping out their old "unattractive" specs for smaller, thinner framed "5A" glasses. If you ask me, I think someone must have forgot to put their glasses on. Hellooooo! Men in thick-rimmed glasses are H-O-T.

I can't help myself. I have always had this lame crush on men that wear dark-framed glasses. You know the ones I'm talking about, don't you? Think Clark Kent style, thick frames. A regular average Joe wearing them? Cute. But GOSH! A man in uniform wearing them? I'm actually drooling just thinking about it. Plus, they're so much better than the new ones:

New Glasses
New '5A' military glasses

Thus, I present you with four GOOD reasons why the military shouldn't kill off Birth Control Glasses:

1. They're so in! Seriously, everyone is rockin' thick-rimmed frames lately, even if they don't need a prescription (I'm totally guilty). Stores like Forever 21 and H&M are selling inexpensive, non-prescription pairs, which means they've got to be cool, right?

2. A good pair of glasses help their wearer friends, not enemies. As I said, men and women who wear thick-rimmed glasses don't only look uber attractive, but inherently look a tad more intelligent. Sport a pair of the old BCGs out on the field, and you automatically have a conversation piece.

3. They work! I'm all for the old saying "If something's not broken, don't fix it." Our soldiers have been wearing these glasses for years now, and they seemed to be doing just fine. What's the point of mixing them up now?

4. More coverage area. This one's not rocket science. Bigger glasses = more coverage. More coverage = more eye protection. Shouldn't protection be our No. 1 concern?

Do you think men who wear glasses are sexy?


Photo courtesy U.S. Army



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Kwiat2 Kwiat2

My husband had them and the only time he wore them was in he was in the field or deployed, and nowhere near the general public.

Lynette Lynette

yes I do think men are sexy w/ glasses.  But those old BCG's are soooooo FUGLEY, nothing sexy about them!  I myself was in the Army yrs ago and they were the ugliest things ever!  Love that they are coming up w/ a more attractive style!

katie... katiegirl1

 They are ugly but made to last! My husband had to wear them in boot camp and I think after 20 years they are still floating around somewhere in his things! We have a photo of him wearing them and holding our newborn daughter, she is 18 now,we always say that he is the poster child for changing the name of "BCG"s 

nonmember avatar Gina

My husband also had them on his deployment & hated them so much that he begged me to send him contacts. He wore protective sunglasses & his contacts instead of the BCG's. How about we give our Armed Forces a choice (Omg, a thought of their own? Scandalous).... They are fighting for our freedoms, let them decide if they was the 5A or S9!

nonmember avatar Maria

Agreed! Old school is the best school!

nonmember avatar Bronnie

Ugh! Omg, no! They are hideous! Mine "broke" mysteriously on the way home from basic. I bought some adorable black, thick rimmed glasses for my son, but the BCGs are in NO way attractive on ANYONE. Ewww.

nonmember avatar Sam

I'm SO grateful for the change. I am a female in the military and I those BCG's are nasty lol. My husband also is in, and already has a pair of the new black frames and looks super handsome in them :)

nonmember avatar Tiffany

Whoa MCGrage- way to go on a really personal attack for no reason. You sure have the physique of a pit bull and obviously the personality to match (said in a tone that lets you know that isn't an attractive look). The glasses thing is an opinion. I don't know Lynette but I'm guessing she wasn't thinking of your husband when she wrote her comment so back off.

nonmember avatar Jessica

Interesting, fun article... Check your grammar, though. It's "must have" which would be "must've" and not "must of." : )

tiffa... tiffanyv123

my dh had to wear them for a while and they sure did no birth control for us! lol. thankfully he has gotten prk done (i think thats what he called, its similiar to lasik)  so no more glasses for him :)

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