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


It’s like putting your head in a vice

It’s like putting your head in a viceKits: 5. Heard about us: Word of mouth. Duties: Convoy/Route clearance. Current pads: 3m. Comments: Myself, and my team have all been experiencing tension headaches from the new issued IHPS helmet. We all wear commo headsets underneath are helmet which plays a factor. But it’s the only way…

Help my concentration!

Kits: 9. Hometown: Waterbury, CT. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard Issue. Comments: Headaches and pressure points. SGT, US Army Kits: 1. Hometown: Texas. Heard about us: Previous donation. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Issued. Comments: I’ve been using your guys pads since 2011. I find them to be very comfortable. The issue…

Current pads are hard and cause headaches

Kits: 60. Hometown: Imperial Beach, Ca. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Boat Operations, Security. Current pads: NSN: 8470-01-746-5643, Gray issued pads. Comments: Current pads are hard and cause headaches. They are uncomfortable and do not work well with our communication headsets due to their size and lack of pliability. While underway we have to wear…