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NEWS | April 6, 2022

AN/PVS-14 NVD: A PMCS Primer

Soldier using AN/PVS-14 NVD
Photo by Capt. Daniel Parker
Dear Editor,

I’m an electronic tech inspector, and I’d like to share a few basic tips for your readers about maintaining the AN/PVS-14 monocular night vision device, NSN 5855-01-432-0524.
  1. Keep the objective lens cap, NSN 5340-01-397-6608, attached to it. This allows easy access to install the cap on the AN/PVS-14 in bright lighting or when it’s not being used.
  2. Make sure to turn off the battery switch on the AN/PVS-14, not just flip it up on the helmet mount. In addition, remove the batteries when the AN/PVS-14 is stored. That can save each unit thousands of dollars.
I’ve seen too many unserviceable NVDs needing to be replaced due to no cap or being left turned on with batteries installed. That’s why it’s doubly important to know the PMCS on this device. TM 11-5855-306-23&P (Jul 14) is the guide to follow.

Nathan W. Weidner
Ft Bragg, NC
Editor’s note: We can clearly see the benefits of your wisdom. Thanks.
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