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.

standard issued helmet pads are very hard and don’t conform to my head

standard issued helmet pads are very hard and don’t conform to my headKits: 50 deploying to [downrange]. Hometown: McFarland WI. Heard about us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Sensitive Site Security. Current pads: Issued pads NSN: 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: The discomfort caused by the normal pads cause an increase in the likelihood that Paratroopers will take their helmet…

My previous squad leader said that your pads are 10x better

My previous squad leader said that your pads are 10x betterKits: 13. Hometown: Appleton, WI. Heard about us: Squad Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Gentex Corporation, grey. Comments: Current pads are stiff and I can’t get my kevlar to fit right because of it, my previous squad leader recommended you guys, said that your pads…

Worn out Pads and they won’t issue us new ones

Worn out Pads and they won’t issue us new onesKits: 180. Hometown: STOW, OHIO. Heard about us: BATTLE BUDDY. Duties: SUPPLY. Current pads: GREEN/GRAY, STANDARD CIF (central issue facility)ISSUE. Comments: ALL OF OUR PADS ARE OLD/ WORNOUT AND CIF WON’T GET US NEW ONES. SPC, US Army Kits: 10. Hometown: Ozark. Heard about us: Battle…

Gov’t issued padding is uncomfortable and very bulky

Issued padding is uncomfortable and very bulkyKits: 4. Hometown: Carmichael. Heard about us: online research. Duties: security. Current pads: original all grey sewn seam pads. Comments: wearing those pads for an extended amount of time really puts a stress on the head, if I could help my soldiers give them just a little ounce of…

The new pads are “like wearing a pillow”

The new pads are “like wearing a pillow”Kits: 19. Hometown: Belleville Illinois. Heard about us: Marine. Duties: Close Quarters Tactics and Marksmanship. Current pads: CIF issue. Comments: I’m filling out this request due to my recent email traffic with Dr. Robert Meaders. This request is for the 19 instructors here in Okinawa Japan teaching the…

Our helmet pads suck and are not comfortable to wear

Our helmet pads suck and are not comfortable to wear Kits: 3. Hometown: Houston Texas. Heard about us: Through my command on base. Duties: Reconnaissance. Current pads: Hard grey ones. Comments: Hi! This is a great organization we appreciate everything you all do! Our pads in the helmets suck and are not comfortable to wear…

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…