On page 34 of December's Soldier magazine, a boffin from Porton Down stresses the need to use protective equipment as issued and points out that the issued 'sunglasses' offered ballistic protection and had to be worn. In the same issue (P 65) Lt Col Strickland CO of 1 RGR Battlegroup respoded to a letter from Cpl Woodward trying feebly to justify his decision not to allow his troops to wear this important kit on patrols. When will we learn? These bloody glasses ARE uniform. They are issued as part of our uniform for the very purpose of giving eye protection on patrols. The Americans issue all troops with protective eyewear and they are worn on training. What's more important ~ the safety of our soldier's eyes or looking 'pukka' on patrol? It's a bloody patrol for God's sake ~ not a parade. The eye injury statistics are there. Eye protection is vital! That's why MoD spends so much money on the kit! COs remember ~ YOU have a duty of care. Anyone else out there had this problem?