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!

My pads are so stiff

My pads are so stiffKits: 1. Hometown: Sacramento, CA. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Detainee operations. Current Pads: Basic issue, green, hard. Comments: My pads are so stiff that I get headaches in less than an hour. And because they are so thick and unflexible I cant even use all of the pads. They have…

I get headaches in less than an hour

I get headaches in less than an hourKits: 1. Hometown: Sacramento, CA. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Detainee operations. Current Pads: Basic issue, green, hard. Comments: My pads are so stiff that I get headaches in less than an hour. And because they are so thick and unflexible I cant even use all of the…

Basic issue hard padding…awful quality

basic issue hard padding…awful qualityKits: 1. Hometown: Houston (southwest side in sugarland). Heard about us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: basic issue hard padding…awful quality.. Comments: Thank you guys so much for doing this usually if we want better gear it comes from our pockets. Thank you so much for your support it doesn’t go…

The plastic bags inside of the hard foam encapsulated padding system we are issued is both HARD and very non form fitting to our heads.

The plastic bags inside of the hard foam encapsulated padding system we are issued is both HARD and very non form fitting to our heads.Kits: 7. Heard about us: Referred by Oregon Aero. Duties: Specializing in long range reconnaissance and long range eliminations. I am an infantry scout, longer harder road marches and lurking in…

Current pads in my helmet are horrible

Current pads in my helmet are horribleKits: 1. Hometown: Sierra Vista, AZ. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: Gray, Something was written on them but it has worn off. Comments: Heard about Operation Helmet from a friend. Decided to give it a try since the current pads in my helmet are horrible. SFC, US Army…

GI pads give us headaches

GI pads give us headachesKits: 10. Hometown: Marinette, WI. Heard about us: Internet. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: standard issue, no writing, green in color, glued, fake fleece texture. Comments: Heard that you guys sent out improved helmet pads. I would love to get some for my soldiers and I as wearing the ACH all…

my unit is very thankful

my unit is very thankfulI received the replacement pads and my unit is very thankful. We just got back from JRTC and steadily prepare for our upcoming deployment. I personally used the pads while in Fort Polk and it truly is night and day. Thank you and your organization for what you do. I will…