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!

standard issued helmet pads are very hard and don’t conform to my head

standard issued helmet pads are very hard and don’t conform to my headKits: 50 deploying to [downrange]. Hometown: McFarland WI. Heard about us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Sensitive Site Security. Current pads: Issued pads NSN: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: The discomfort caused by the normal pads cause an increase in the likelihood that Paratroopers will take their helmet…

Our current pads dig into our foreheads and temples

Our current pads dig into our foreheads and templesKits: 50. Hometown: Morgan, UT. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Convoy, Security Escort. Current pads: Gentex Corporation Advanced Combat, Sage Green. Comments: We are currently running missions that require us to wear our helmets for long periods at a time (12-48 hrs). Our current pads dig into…

My previous squad leader said that your pads are 10x better

My previous squad leader said that your pads are 10x betterKits: 13. Hometown: Appleton, WI. Heard about us: Squad Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Gentex Corporation, grey. Comments: Current pads are stiff and I can’t get my kevlar to fit right because of it, my previous squad leader recommended you guys, said that your pads…

Worn out Pads and they won’t issue us new ones

Worn out Pads and they won’t issue us new onesKits: 180. Hometown: STOW, OHIO. Heard about us: BATTLE BUDDY. Duties: SUPPLY. Current pads: GREEN/GRAY, STANDARD CIF (central issue facility)ISSUE. Comments: ALL OF OUR PADS ARE OLD/ WORNOUT AND CIF WON’T GET US NEW ONES. SPC, US Army Kits: 10. Hometown: Ozark. Heard about us: Battle…

Gov’t issued padding is uncomfortable and very bulky

Issued padding is uncomfortable and very bulkyKits: 4. Hometown: Carmichael. Heard about us: online research. Duties: security. Current pads: original all grey sewn seam pads. Comments: wearing those pads for an extended amount of time really puts a stress on the head, if I could help my soldiers give them just a little ounce of…

The new pads are “like wearing a pillow”

The new pads are “like wearing a pillow”Kits: 19. Hometown: Belleville Illinois. Heard about us: Marine. Duties: Close Quarters Tactics and Marksmanship. Current pads: CIF issue. Comments: I’m filling out this request due to my recent email traffic with Dr. Robert Meaders. This request is for the 19 instructors here in Okinawa Japan teaching the…