Army Reserve
Soldier repairing eye glasses.

Optical Laboratory Specialist (68H)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


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


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

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 98

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an optical laboratory technician, an optician or an ophthalmic laboratory technician in optical laboratories or retail optical offices.

Through your extensive Army training, additional study and two years of recommended experience, you may qualify to take the National Opticianry Competency Exam, which will allow you to possibly pursue a career as an optician.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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