US Marines

Helmet Upgrade Requests from USMC personnel – Marines

First-hand reports. Not research, but REALITY.

IF ANY MARINE wants to official comment on their head armor/pads, go to This avenue is the ONLY way to help change the system and receive the best helmet pads America can provide instead of the cheapest, so please contact them through the above website asking for comments.

Rank Abbreviations: Pvt = Private; PFC = Private First Class; LCpl = Lance Corporal; Cpl = Corporal; Sgt = Sergeant; SSgt = Staff Sergeant; GySgt = Gunnery; 1Sgt = First Sergeant; MSgt = Master Sergeant; SGM = Sergeant Major; MGySgt = Master Gunnery Sergeant; SgtMaj = Sergeant Major; WO1 = Warrant Officer; CWO2-5 = Chief Warrant Officer 2 thru 5; 2nd Lt/1st Lt = 2nd or 1st Lieutenant; Capt = Captain; Maj = Major; Lt Col = Lt Colonel; Col = Colonel.

CIF = Central Issue Facility; FMF = Fleet Marine Forces; LWH = Lightweight Helmet; Corpsman = Medic; MSA = Mine Safety Appliances; NSN = National Stock Number; PLT = Platoon; POG = Personnel Other than Grunt (which is all military MOSs other than infantry). MT = Motor Transport (Trucks). REIN = Reinforced. A Platoon should have 42 people; a reinforced Platoon has more.

It’s like putting your head in a vice

It’s like putting your head in a viceKits: 5. Heard about us: Word of mouth. Duties: Convoy/Route clearance. Current pads: 3m. Comments: Myself, and my team have all been experiencing tension headaches from the new issued IHPS helmet. We all wear commo headsets underneath are helmet which plays a factor. But it’s the only way…

Hard to focus on the mission when we are battling our gear

Kits: 13. Heard about us: co worker. Duties: infantry. Current pads: grey glued. Comments: too stiff, hold moisture, hard to keep clean. Cpl, US Marines Kits: 40. Hometown: Brownwood TX. Heard about us: old squad leader got us these pads last deployment.. Duties: infantry. Current pads: “Pad.Helmet Advanced combat size 3/4—– gentex corporation nsn 6470-01-546-9415.…

Current pads are hard and cause headaches

Kits: 60. Hometown: Imperial Beach, Ca. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Boat Operations, Security. Current pads: NSN: 8470-01-746-5643, Gray issued pads. Comments: Current pads are hard and cause headaches. They are uncomfortable and do not work well with our communication headsets due to their size and lack of pliability. While underway we have to wear…

Issued pads require constant adjustments to the combat helmet

Issued pads require constant adjustments to the combat helmetKits: 12. Hometown: Warminster PA. Heard about us: Google. Duties: EOD, TRAP support, HMA, Ordnance exploitation.. Current pads: IIF issues Grey rocks.. Comments: The issued pads make the helmet ride high on your head. Within an hour of operations we are adjusting our straps or removing said…