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.

The pads we get issued are pretty hard

The pads we get issued are pretty hardKits: 1. Hometown: San Antonio Tx. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Sqd Leader. Current Pads: ciff issued pads. Comments: The pads we get issued are pretty hard and freez easy in cold weather. Cpl, USMC Kits: 1. Heard about us: google. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: pad helmet advanced…

I get headaches in less than an hour

I get headaches in less than an hourKits: 1. Hometown: Sacramento, CA. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Detainee operations. Current Pads: Basic issue, green, hard. Comments: My pads are so stiff that I get headaches in less than an hour. And because they are so thick and unflexible I cant even use all of the…

Rock hard, and damn near unbearable

Rock hard, and damn near unbearableKits: 4. Hometown: Mobile, Alabama. Heard about us: Marine in platoon. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Advanced combat. Comments: After about an hour or so of wearing them, they become rock hard, and damn near unbearable. When I’m in cold weather environments, they don’t serve as any sort of cushion and…

Basic issue hard padding…awful quality

basic issue hard padding…awful qualityKits: 1. Hometown: Houston (southwest side in sugarland). Heard about us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: basic issue hard padding…awful quality.. Comments: Thank you guys so much for doing this usually if we want better gear it comes from our pockets. Thank you so much for your support it doesn’t go…

Uncomfortable after wearing helmet for a long time

Uncomfortable after wearing helmet for a long timeKits: 1. Hometown: jersey city, new jersey. Heard about us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: cushion pads. Comments: Break in period for pads take a long time. Uncomfortable after wearing helmet for a long time. Lcpl, USMC

Current pads in my helmet are horrible

Current pads in my helmet are horribleKits: 1. Hometown: Sierra Vista, AZ. Duties: Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Current Pads: Gray, Something was written on them but it has worn off. Comments: Heard about Operation Helmet from a friend. Decided to give it a try since the current pads in my helmet are horrible. SFC, US Army…

The pads we currently have are giving everyone headaches

The pads we currently have are giving everyone headachesKits: 42. Hometown: Jonesboro, GA. Heard about us: Prior use before another deployment. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: issued. grey, seam glued. Comments: The current pads cause headaches, discomfort and poor fit. My company used your pads on our Afghanistan deployment last year. Marines were more likely to…

Pads are causing me to have headaches

Pads are causing me to have headachesKits: 1. Hometown: new York. Heard about us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: gray and glued due to tear. Comments: current pads are old and make my helmet smaller. They are hard and it forces the Kevlar to shift around my head exposing areas of my head when running…