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


Pads tend to hold heat and become stiff and uncomfortable.

Kits: 7. Hometown: Canton, Georgia. Heard about us: google. Duties: infantry. Current pads: green, glued smooth. Comments: Pads tend to hold heat and become stiff and uncomfortable. At times soldiers want to take off head to get relief. PFC, US Army Kits: 29. Hometown: Fort Benning GA, originally Grand Forks ND. Heard about us: SGM…

A burning sensation all around my head

A burning sensation all around my headKits: 1. Hometown: California. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Basic issue. Comments: Current pads are stiff. SSG, US Army Kits: 1. Hometown: Indianapolis/Noblesville, Indiana. Heard about us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Infantry/patrolling. Current pads: Grey sewn seam. Comments: The current pads I have tend to bring…


4/4/18: Hey, thank you for the reply. I don’t see how they receive no complaints. The issues pads are too hard and cause headaches with any mission over an hour. Soldiers have to take pads out just so the Kevlar fits. I represent an advisor team that is detached from our battalion. All of our…