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.

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…

Destructive modification of head armor? FIX THE PROBLEM, MARINES!

10/11/18:. Heard about us: User testimonials via Oregon Aero. Duties: Advising. Current pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9356; the generic grey ones with glued seams. Comments: Our team will be operating in close proximity to our ANA counterparts and local nationals conducting TFSW’s Train, Advise, Assist mission as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan. Due to our…

Who knew that taking helmets off for pain relief MIGHT be dangerous?

10/3/2018: Kits: 30. Hometown: Rural Hall, NC. Heard about us: Aaron Agee, Daniel Kargbo. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard issue grey Marine Corps pads. Comments: Many of my Marines experience headaches during continuous operations. As the Platoon Sergeant I understand the importance of wearing full PPE at all times. Unfortunately many of my Marines take…

I hope to provide my Marines with the best gear I can

I hope to provide my Marines with the best gear I canKits: 30. Hometown: Rural Hall, NC. Heard about us: [battle buddies]. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard issue grey Marine Corps pads. Comments: Many of my Marines experience headaches during continuous operations. As the Platoon Sergeant I understand the importance of wearing full PPE [OH:…

“These helmets are so uncomfortable that my guys are taking them off at every opportunity “

These helmets are so uncomfortable that my guys are taking them off at every opportunity Kits: 8. Hometown: Lubbock TX. Heard about us: Company Commander on Deployment. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Basic issued Army pads. Comments: Looking to test for airborne operations and post airborne operations. SPC, US Army Kits: 2. Heard about us: Junior…