Monthly Archives: September 2017

Wishes the entire Marine Corps would switch to better helmet pads

Heard about us: Scout sniper friend. Duties: Infantry deploying soon. Current Pads: Basic IIF issue pads that are grey/hard. Comments: My squad and I have always hated these helmet pads. After a while your head will start to go numb, especially if you have a big head like me! Taking off your Kevlar off during…

Combat effectiveness with faulty helmet pads

9/20/17: Duties: Infantry, patrols, QRF, BDOC. Current Pads: Standard issue ACH pads. Comments: The biggest problems my squad faces with our current ACH pads are pain and discomfort. Which forces us to want to take our ACHs off at every opportunity. Also with our current pads the ACHs don’t fit very well and this is…

Your head will start to go numb

Your head will start to go numb Kits: 11. Hometown: Londonderry NH. Heard about us: Scout sniper friend. Duties: Infantry deploying soon. Current Pads: Basic IIF issue pads that are grey/hard. Comments: My squad and I have always hated these helmet pads. After a while your head will start to go numb, especially if you…

The pads turn to stone in the cold

USMC Infantry

The pads turn to stone in the cold Kits: 30. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: Issued pads increase possibility of head ache and more importantly brain injury in the event of fragmentation striking the surface of the Kevlar helmet. These pads help reduce that possibility. 2ndLT, USMC Kits: 35. Hometown: Cleveland, OH. Heard about…

Army issued pads are poorly built and fail under constant use

Army issued pads are poorly built and fail under constant use Kits: 23. Heard about us: From a soldier in the out going unit we are ripping out with. Duties: Infantry/reconnaissance. Current Pads: The loan green standard issue pads. Comments: my plt recently got in theatre and the standard issue pads are causing repeated headaches…

Snipers gotta concentrate on targets, not head pain. COME ON, MARINES. LISTEN TO ‘EM!

9/14/17: Duties: Sniper Assistant Team Leader. Current Pads: Issued gray, rock hard ones. Comments: Where do we start? The pads turn to stone in the cold, lose any spinginess once you sweat in them, and just cant fit your head properly whatsoever. Need more comfortable pads so when you sit in a hide for 72 hrs…

Helmet pads currently issued make proper wear unlikely; injury more likely

9/7/17: Heard about us: From a soldier in the out-going unit we are ripping out with. Duties: Infantry/reconnaissance. Current Pads: The green standard issue pads. Comments: my platoon recently got in theater and the standard issue pads are causing repeated headaches and some soldiers have to remove almost all the pads in order to eliminate…

Hard headed Marines need pads somewhat less rocky!

/22/17: Duties: Infantry (patrols, post, cross training). Current Pads: GI grey sewed rocks. Comments: Deployed to CentCom this past year and had to make due through the winter with the standard GI pads freezing and becoming rock hard. They aren’t much better through the summer as they’re so uncomfortable and don’t offer much cushion to allow…