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.

My Platoon loves the Aero pads

Kits: 225. Hometown: West Branch, MI. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: The gray pads that come in the LWH. Comments: I request these pads for my Platoon and now the other Platoon sergeants wants me to request them for the rest of the company. My Platoon loves the Aero pads. They say…

They give me a headache

Kits: 2. Hometown: Peoria illinois.  Duties: Infantry [opsec]. Current Pads: Army colored came with issued kevlar. Comments: They give me a headache . Ive had them since afghanistan. Sgt, USMC

Navy Corpsman needs “one less pain”

Kits: 1. Hometown: Upland,CA. Heard about us: Online. Duties: Corpsman deployed with marine units. Current Pads: Standard CIF issued pads. Comments: The pads they standard issue us are dreadfully uncomfortable. It would be nice to have pads that actually CUSHIONS the helmet as it rests on your head, just one less pain while being in…

Marine Looking For Better Helmet Pad System

Marine Looking For Better Helmet Pad System Kits: 1. Duties: Currently infantry training. Current Pads: Grey and black, sewn seam, velcro. Comments: they are extremely firm, especially when it gets into the colder months, it feels like there’s rocks in my helmet. Sgt, USMC

EOD Marines requests upgrade

Kits: 1. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Explosive ordnance disposal. Current Pads: Standard greenish gray pads that are issued. Comments: Complete discomfort especially while wearing peltors and nvgs which is standard for my job. Sgt, USMC

Outfit platoon of nearly 60 Marines

Kits: 55. Hometown: Lakewood, WA. Heard about us: Co-worker. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gentex grey 3/4″ NSN 8470-01-546-9407. Comments: I would like to outfit my platoon of nearly 60 Marines with upgraded helmet pads in preparation for our upcoming deployment. The current pads are uncomfortably hard and cause pressure (increasingly so in cold weather) and…