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!

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…

“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…