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.

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…

The current helmet pads I have cause headaches

The current helmet pads I have cause headachesKits: 1. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Currenty pads are grey, glued and tearing at all edges. Comments: The current helmet pads I have cause headaches, especially during long convoys and during live fire excercises/patrols. I recently complained to my corpsman about wanting motrin due…

Give you a headache just wearing it

Give you a headache just wearing itKits: 1. Hometown: Sequim. Heard about us: A SSGT. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Grey squares and 1 large circular pad stiff foam with cloth over it. Comments: The pads we have now give you a headache just wearing it and does not form to your head. Cpl, USMC Kits:…

Issued pads are uncomfortable

Issued pads are uncomfortableKits: 1. Hometown: New York. Heard about us: from a friend. Duties: Hospital Corpsman. Current Pads: gray foam pads that were issued with the Kevlar. Comments: Issued pads are uncomfortable, and do not hold form well. Retains sweats and heat making it impracticable for long movements. Issuing department refuses to replace or…

A better pad will help protect against brain injuries

a better pad will help protect against the brain injuriesKits: 1. Hometown: Sacramento, Ca. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: I currently have the issued pads they are glued together and not very flexible. Comments: I was given a set of pads from operation helmet during my first deployment to Iraq back in…

issue facility does not have any more pads for us

issue facility does not have any more pads for usKits: 30. Hometown: WOODLAND PARK, NJ. Heard about us: MILITARY FRIEND. Duties: WE ARE JTACS, JFO’S AND RADIO OPERATORS THAT SUPPORT COALITION FORCES WITH FIRE SUPPORT. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT. GREY IN COLOR. GLUED SEAM. TEXTURE IS HARD. Comments: THE CURRENT PADS WE HAVE…