The Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) helps ensure Soldiers are visually able to carry out their mission. Eye hazards exist in a variety of forms in both combat and training environments. They range from fragmenting munitions and other airborne debris, to invisible hazards such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If unprotected, the Soldier is susceptible to short- or long-term effects on their vision. This can compromise current and future mission effectiveness. MCEP helps preserve performance in both combat and training by reducing the risks associated with exposure to such hazards.
MCEP offers eye protection to Soldiers in a variety of sizes and styles. They give Soldiers a choice in eye protection to best suit their needs. Prior to placement on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL), MCEP eyewear must first undergo rigorous testing. Ballistic fragmentation, optical quality, operational testing and certification to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices are among the tests performed.