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68H - Optical Laboratory Specialist


Basic Job Description

As an essential member of the optical laboratory technician team, Optical Laboratory Specialists make and repair eyeglasses that are provided for Army personnel. The Optical Laboratory Specialist is primarily responsible for assembling eyeglasses that utilize pre-surfaced single-vision lenses.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Surfaces lens blanks, fabricates, repairs, and assembles prescription spectacles. Maintains tools and equipment.

Provides technical guidance, inspects completed spectacles, and insures quality control standards. Develops stock levels, requisitions, stores, and maintains optical supplies and equipment. Prepares and conducts training programs and instructs on preventive maintenance and safety procedures.

Training Information

Job training for an optical laboratory specialist 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 and nderstanding of optical laboratory procedures sufficient to completely fabricate and dispense prescription military eyewear in both office and field environments.

ASVAB Score Required: 98 in aptitude area GM

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: medium

Physical Profile Requirement: 323222

Other Requirements

  • Successful completion of high school Algebra

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