Check your lines: Sunglasses in uniform

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Ruben Gonzalez
  • 71st Flying Training Wing command chief
This week, I ask you to check your lines on the wear of sunglasses in uniform.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from ultra-violet radiation, cut down on glare and generally make a sunny day more enjoyable. When in uniform, the only place you can display sunglasses is across the bridge of your nose.

There are lots of places not to display your sunglasses. Not around your neck, not on top of your head or on the back of your head. Not hanging from a convenient pencil pocket or anywhere else on the uniform.

One place outdoors you can't wear your sunglasses is in formation. That includes those photosensitive lenses that change color depending on the light's intensity.

Sunglasses not only protect your eyes, they offer an opportunity to express your individuality - within reasonable limits. The key word is conservative.

Frames should be black or brown material or gold or silver wire. Brand name logos are permitted, as long as they are the same color as the frame or lenses. Faddish styles and mirrored lenses aren't permitted. If your sunglasses do not contribute to a positive, professional military image, leave them for off-duty wear. When in doubt, consult your leadership.

Sunglasses are wonderful protection for your eyes. Wear them as intended and when not wearing them, store appropriately. It is details that make the difference between satisfactory and outstanding.

Thanks Team Vance for checking your lines!