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Optical Laboratory Specialist

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Optical Laboratory Specialist - 68H

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


The optical laboratory specialist is primarily responsible for making and repairing eyeglasses that are provided for Army personnel.

Job Duties

  • Surface lens blanks, fabricates and repairs
  • Assemble prescription spectacles
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for an optical laboratory apecialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in making and repairing optical devices. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Knowledge of ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy and physiology
  • Comprehension of optical laboratory supply and administration
  • Understanding of optical laboratory procedures sufficient to completely fabricate and dispense prescription military eyewear in both office and field environments
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in biology, chemistry and industrial arts
  • Proficiency with precision tools and instruments
  • High attention to detail
  • Adept at following detailed instructions and work procedures

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • General Maintenance (GM) : 98
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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