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 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…

Give you a headache just wearing it

Give you a headache just wearing itKits: 1. Hometown: Sequim. Heard about us: A SSGT. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey squares and 1 large circular pad stiff foam with cloth over it. Comments: The pads we have now give you a headache just wearing it and does not form to your head. Cpl, USMC Kits:…

Anything you can send would be fine

Anything you can send would be fineKits: 25. Hometown: atlanta. Heard about us: internet. Duties: MP. Current Pads: old ach. Comments: I’m a team leader in a PLT with 25 Soldiers in [opsec]. If you could help us out I would greatly appreciate it. Anything you can send would be fine. We have a lot…

My issued pads fell apart

My issued pads fell apartKits: 1. Duties: Logistics. Current Pads: Foliage Green, issued. Comments: My issued pads fell apart, cannot get new ones without purchasing myself. CPT, US Army Kits: 2. Heard about us: google. Duties: medic. Current Pads: green felt like. Comments: Not sure what kind of pads, generally issued ones. SGT, US Army

My current pads are stiff and barely provide protection

My current pads are stiff and barely provide protectionKits: 1. Hometown: New York. Heard about us: Google. Duties: The mission changes. Basics: Convoys, training, TAC OPs. Current Pads: Hard green pads. I believe a 1/4 or 1/2 inch.. Comments: Being in for a while and being gone twice from my family it’s been hard. I…

Our soldiers wear their helmets for long periods of time

Our soldiers wear their helmets for long periods of timeKits: 18. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Air Defense. Current Pads: Gentex Corporation / Grey basic issued pads. Comments: Our soldiers wear their helmets for long periods of time and get headaches from them being uncomfortable and putting pressure in the wrong parts of their head.…