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!

Current combat helmet pads: “They suck”

Current combat helmet pads: “They suck”Kits: 1. Hometown: Massachusetts. Heard about us: Known about it for a while. Duties: NTC. Current pads: Issued foliage green rock garbage. Comments: They suck. They’re hard as rocks and are painful to the point they give you a headache even if heated up to try and make them softer..…

The pads get sweaty, fill with the grit of countless miles of rucking around, and mold into a nasty grey rock of pain and pressure in all the worst spots

Kits: 8. Hometown: HASTINGS NE. Heard about us: Soldier within SQDN. Duties: PLT SGT. Current pads: Standard issue, act gesy, glued seam. Comments: The current helmet when worn with PVS-14s is very uncomfortable and when worn for long periods causes soldiers to fatigue quickly. In addition the newest version of the chin strap which is…

Issued pads are causing headaches which make people less effective

Kits: 29. Hometown: Kansas City. Heard about us: Reddit. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Issued army. Comments: The standard issued are just too stiff Using Peltors/over the head ear protection with the standard issued pads are causing headaches which make people less effective. Myself personally as a RTO need peltors to communicate and also as ear…

Prolonged discomfort throughout the day that immediately starts the second that you put the ECH on with the issued pads.

Prolonged discomfort throughout the day that immediately starts the second that you put the ECH on with the issued pads. Kits: 12. Hometown: Savannah Georgia. Heard about us: A buddy of mine that is in the unit that we are replacing downrange. Duties: Air mobile Artillery in support of Special Forces. Current pads: Issued. Comments:…

Current pads are so hard they give us headaches

Current pads are so hard they give us headaches Kits: 10. Hometown: Tucson. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: army issue gray sewn seam. Comments: Very uncomfortable hard cheaply made. SPC, US Army Kits: 18. Hometown: Arizona. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry.Current pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: Operation resolute support the current…

Pain is causing a lack of focus

Pain is causing a lack of focusKits: 9. Hometown: Atlanta. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Artillery mission in support of Special Forces. Current pads: Grayish army basic issue. Comments: The current pads are causing unnecessary pain to my gun section as we process fire mission. To the extent that my soldiers are having to…

Pads falling apart, mold on the inside, cannot get replacements from supply

Pads falling apart, mold on the inside, cannot get replacements from supplyKits: 140. Heard about us: Platoon Commander from another Battalion. Duties: Artillery, Convoys, Provisional Infantry. Current pads: Issued IIF pads. Comments: Good Morning, I received your info from a fellow Platoon Commander who recently returned from deployment. I am currently serving as a Platoon…

Rock on the head doesn’t compute, Army!

Kits: 17. Hometown: Austin, TX. Heard about us: BLC. Duties: Downed Aircraft Recovery Team. Current pads: Original green army pads. Comments: I have used these pads before and they are a complete game changer. The original pads are like rocks on your head. I am trying to get these pads in support of our upcoming…