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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


Thanks from Army Engineering Unit

Thanks from Army Engineering UnitDear Dr. Meaders: On behalf of the soldiers of the 1191st Engineering Unit, I would like to thank you for the Operation Helmet Kits that you sent us. They are a great improvement over the current pads. Due to the increased comfort the kits add to the helmets soldiers will be…

Not very comfortable

Kits: 2. Duties: Infantry operations. Current Pads: Revision advanced combat grey colored. Comments: Pads are the 3/4 pads. They are very firm and not very comfortable. After wearing for a few hours the places the pads sit on your head cause your head to hurt in those locations. They also move around a lot while…

after a few hours we get headaches

Kits: 4. Duties: maintenance, convoy, transportation. Current Pads: issue pads, gray, glued. Comments: my crew and i wear our ACH for hours at time more than 12 hours; after a few hours we get headaches from wearing our ACH especially after we remove our headgear. SGT, US Army

Current Pads: Standard Issue bricks

Kits: 1. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Combat Medic. Current Pads: Standard Issue bricks. Comments: After long wear during patrols, the headache and pressure points were horrible. Once the standard issue pads get soaked with sweat, they’re done. SGT, US Army Kits: 3. Hometown: Las Vegas. Heard about us: PA [Physician’s Assistant] . Duties: Evac…

The issue pads are too thick and don’t compress well

Kits: 4. Duties: Armored Vehicle Crewman. Current Pads: Issued foliage. 1 Med ACH and 3 Large.. Comments: The issue pads retain heat and sweat to the point of being deformed. They also wear out much quicker than they can be replaced. We have issues with the pads Velcro backing coming off after taking them out…

New helmet pads please – Old ones fall apart

Kits: 2. Heard about us: Thru a deployed Battle Buddy. Duties: Maintenance. Current Pads: Old original issue. Comments: The pads get wet from sweat then fall apart when you wash them. SPC, US Army. Kits: 76. Hometown: Philadelphia, PA. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Battery Commander, Field Artillery. Current Pads: Issue, black, stick in pads..…