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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ArmyW... ArmyWifeCat

When I met my husband back in the early 90's at age 14 he was sporting a pair very simular to the BCGs -- so when he enlisted and send me a picture of him in his new BCG's, not only did it bring back fond memories, but he looked like a little kid again to me.

Those glasses may be ugly, but they work.  They saved my husband's eyes several times in training because of their wide coverage.  He thinks they are a great joke and last time he had his eye check up he requested a pair in sunglasses... and they gave him some!  Now when he pulls those babies out, all his other BCG buddies get a little jealous.

Durome02 Durome02

Um no! And I have never heard anyone say he/she looks sexy because of glasses! Smdh!

Chris... ChrisCheung

I kind of agree with you. I have seen ONE man rock them. Best I have ever seen them worn. He was however a 65 year old vet, but they did look awesome on him. And having worn them, they work but the option for something else would be nice.


moonl... moonlitelace

I use to hate wearing those! Although it never stopped the guys from asking me out. Maybe it had something to do with the fact I was stationed in Alaska and the male to female ratio was 10 to 1, lol.

Badge... Badgerfanz

These go back further than that ...Buddy Holly wore these back in the 1950's..............for gawds sake!

merry... merryvoice

When I met my husband, he was a Marine...and he wore BC's. I found him SO attractive! So please military, do not get rid of them!

lalasha lalasha

I'm a military spouce and I kinda love them.

nonmember avatar tanya

are you crazy? i was in the air force for over 9 years, and trust me, these glasses are not hot, or comfortable... on women at least.

hanna... hannah_01

lol yeah my nubby wears glasses like tho's an hes smoking hot lol hints why im pregnant now lol ;)

Proud... ProudSailor76

Ok I am in the Navy and I have to wear these! Let me tell you I am soooooooo happy they are goners! I HATE THOSE GLASSES! They are the ugliest things ever lol!

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