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 https://www.mccdc.usmc.mil/featuretopics/mep/NewProposal.asp. 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. http://www.defense.gov/specials/insignias/enlisted.html

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.

Issue pads? Basically they suck

Issue pads? Basically they suckKits: 4. Hometown: Portland Oregon/FT Bliss Texas. Heard about us: Reddit. Duties: Damage control surgery and resuscitation at/near point of injury-also sometimes referred to as a “GHOST”. Current pads: Green one issued with helmet, very hard, seams appear glued. Comments: The pads are very hard, if they get cold it is…

Current pads: standard issue, busted seam, causes headaches.

Kits: 25. Hometown: atlantic city, nj. Heard about us: fellow servicemember who has deployed before. Duties: route clearance. Current pads: standard issue, busted seam, causes headaches. Comments: THANK YOU!!! LT, US Army Kits: 5. Hometown: Harbor Springs, MI. Heard about us: On-line. Duties: Convoy. Current pads: Blueish color. Comments: I am in charge of our…

Current combat helmet pads: “They suck”

Current combat helmet pads: “They suck”Kits: 1. Hometown: Massachusetts. Heard about us: Known about it for a while. Duties: NTC. Current pads: Issued foliage green rock garbage. Comments: They suck. They’re hard as rocks and are painful to the point they give you a headache even if heated up to try and make them softer..…

The pads get sweaty, fill with the grit of countless miles of rucking around, and mold into a nasty grey rock of pain and pressure in all the worst spots

Kits: 8. Hometown: HASTINGS NE. Heard about us: Soldier within SQDN. Duties: PLT SGT. Current pads: Standard issue, act gesy, glued seam. Comments: The current helmet when worn with PVS-14s is very uncomfortable and when worn for long periods causes soldiers to fatigue quickly. In addition the newest version of the chin strap which is…

Dear USMC: Concentration and SA still needed for combat!

01/04/2019: The helmet pads you sent us has really made a positive impact. Immediately, my Marines noticed the difference in comfort. We have conducted a few operations with the new gel pads in. The Marines no longer have headaches and they said they barely noticed that they were even wearing their helmets. We no longer…

Just a minute while I try to adjust my brain bucket…don’t shoot!

12/18/18: Doc, We just received these helmets (and GI helmet pads) on our way out the door to Afghanistan. After the first couple missions, the Marines were complaining of headaches and migraines. Also, while operating, the Marines become OCD about constantly adjusting their Kevlar due to how uncomfortable the pads are. Trying to acquire better…

Pads falling apart, mold on the inside, cannot get replacements from supply

Pads falling apart, mold on the inside, cannot get replacements from supplyKits: 140. Heard about us: Platoon Commander from another Battalion. Duties: Artillery, Convoys, Provisional Infantry. Current pads: Issued IIF pads. Comments: Good Morning, I received your info from a fellow Platoon Commander who recently returned from deployment. I am currently serving as a Platoon…

Issued pads are VERY hard and cause migraines daily

Issued pads are VERY hard and cause migraines dailyKits: 15. Hometown: Boise Idaho. Heard about us: a friend. Duties: Special Operations. Current pads: MSR I believe. Most are worn out.. Comments: Our detachment is preparing to deploy to Syria. We are having problems with headaches and discomfort during prolonged wearing of the ACH with issued…