Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division are just days away from becoming the first to get their hands on the most advanced night vision goggles the Army has fielded yet.

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The Marine Corps is full speed ahead with the acquisition of a new helmet-mounted night vision system with one twist: grunts will no longer see green when they're in the field.

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U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Johnathon Bradley, an MV-22 pilot with Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 165, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, uses night-vision goggles to observe an ordnance range during a tail-gunner certification course in which Marines qualify with the M2 Browning 50 caliber machine gun from the rear of an MV-22B Osprey in southwest Asia Jan. 23, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alina Thackray))

The U.S. military may be working overtime to reduce the weight of a standard-issue pair of night vision googles to the point where it feels like you're wearing nothing at all, but a group of scientists think they've cracked the code of "built-in" night vision thanks to dollop of special particles and a needle to the eyeball.

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After months of testing, and a year after its scheduled fielding date, the Army's new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) is going to an armored brigade combat team bound for South Korea in October.

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Jared Keller

The Army just took a major step forward in reclaiming the night: Scientists recently developed a new process to engineer a material that could revolutionize the branch’s night vision capabilities at minimal cost, the Army announced on Jan. 11. This new material, if incorporated into an infrared camera system, could significantly enhance soldiers’ ability to assess (and lay waste to) the battlefield under the cover of darkness.

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