US Army

Helmet Upgrade Requests from US Army personnel – Soldiers

March 17, 2011: In a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’ Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, the Army’s PEO Soldier blamed helmet discomfort on inadequately fitted helmets not worn appropriately with all pads in place. See emails below for what troops who actually wear helmets in combat have to say about that.

And now, from the pointy end of the spear: emails from the heart: direct quotes with (most) expletives deleted

LISTEN TO YOUR TROOPS, ARMY!

“These helmets are so uncomfortable that my guys are taking them off at every opportunity “

These helmets are so uncomfortable that my guys are taking them off at every opportunity Kits: 8. Hometown: Lubbock TX. Heard about us: Company Commander on Deployment. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Basic issued Army pads. Comments: Looking to test for airborne operations and post airborne operations. SPC, US Army Kits: 2. Heard about us: Junior…

Issued pads are garbage

Issued pads are garbageFirst, thank you for Operation Helmet! What a fantastic program for Soldier safety and comfort! I stumbled across your website while researching helmet pads for our issued ACH Kevlar helmet. I am a platoon sergeant for an Army heavy engineer platoon. We (as a company) are getting deployed overseas soon. As heavy…

Distraction = Death

Kits: 1. Hometown: Pennsylvania. Heard about us: Buddy. Duties: OPSEC. Current pads: COF issue. Comments: Issue pads give me headaches. CPT, US Army Follow up note: 7/21/18: Sir, I greatly appreciate your quick response to my inquiry as well as you running this amazing program.  Regarding your statement about how the issue pads affect mission performance and safety;…

Grey Shrink Wrapped Gravel, with a tacky glued outer seam that only gets worse in the humidity and heat.

Grey Shrink Wrapped Gravel, with a tacky glued outer seam that only gets worse in the humidity and heat.Kits: 40. Hometown: Most from Nebraska, California, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. We’re all Americans ready to get our jobs done right the first time. Heard about us: Website, and recommendations through Oregon Aero. Duties: Reconnaissance. Current pads:…

Its difficult to properly fit a helmet to a troop’s head, and when we get it right, it almost always creates headaches.

Its difficult to properly fit a helmet to a troop’s head, and when we get it right, it almost always creates headaches.Kits: 1. Hometown: Los Ángeles CA. Heard about us: Other website. Duties: Convoy. Current pads: The standard issue pads. Comments: They are stiff and get stiffer over time that’s sometimes causes headaches . The…