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.

I want to upgrade my pads

after a long period of time they start to hurt my headKits: 3. Hometown: Augusta, GA. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: Standard green pads. Velcro. Comments: I want to upgrade my pads because after a long period of time they start to hurt my head. They also tend to give me and…

My pads give me headaches after a few hrs of operations

My pads give me headaches after a few hrs of operationsKits: 1. Hometown: Granite city Illinois. Heard about us: A friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Pad, helmet advanced combat gray color. Comments: The current pads that are issued to us are very uncomfortable to wear for a length of time. I’ve gone out in the…

Hard and hurt your head

Hard and hurt your headKits: 5. Hometown: Medford. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-5356 Color Gray. Comments: The pads we are issued now get hard and hurt your head when wearing for a long period of time. Sgt, USMC Kits: 3. Heard about us: Military Friend. Duties: Maintenance and firing…

All worn out from deployment!!

All worn out from deployment!!Kits: 1. Hometown: . Heard about us: friend in my unit. Duties: infantry joint training. Current Pads: grey with oblong written on it. Comments: been with these same pads since i first got to my unit its been 3 years now all worn out from deployment!!. LCPL, USMC

Constant headache

Kits: 1. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: basic. Comments: Constant headache with my pads now. LCpl, USMC Kits: 2. Hometown: Fort Bragg, NC. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Basic mission force protection. Current Pads: Army issue pads. Comments: I have difficulties with the original pads and using my hearing protection. It gives me a headache stuffing…

CIF issued pads are horrible

Kits: 12. Hometown: LEESBURG. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Training entry level students. Current Pads: CIF ISSUED. Comments: I really enjoy the pads you sent me and my co workers would really like a set. We wear our helmets all day long and the CIF issued pads are horrible. Sergeant, USMC.   CIF = Central…