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 current pads end up feeling like bricks

The current pads end up feeling like bricksKits: 56. Hometown: Nevada. Heard about us: My Battalion Commander. Duties: Infantry/ Route clearance/ QRF. Current pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: The current pads we have get very hard after awhile of wearing them in the field and end up feeling like bricks. When we were doing cold…

We have the worst Kevlar pads … super uncomfortable

We have the worst Kevlar pads … super uncomfortableKits: 46. Hometown: Asheville North Carolina. Heard about us: Heard of you guys from a fellow Marine who has the pads in his Kevlar. Duties: Counter mobility, mobility, and survivability. Current pads: Grey pads that were issued. Comments: The current pads are giving us headaches and do…

I get a headache every time I wear my helmet

I get a headache every time I wear my helmetKits: 45. Hometown: Manassas, VA. Heard about us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Grey Advanced Helmet COmbat Pad, Glued. Issued from IIF. Comments: Anytime significant time wearing the helmet (every time I wear a helmet), results in headaches. The same complaints from all of my…

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO!

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO! Kits: 8. Hometown: Georgia. Heard about us: Squad Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT – Grey color. Comments: I was told about this site about two years ago by my squad leader at the time and and requested a kit. THESE KITS ARE A GOD SEND.…

Some soldiers don’t have any at all

Some soldiers don’t have any at allKits: 22. Hometown: Stuart fl. Heard about us: A friend. Duties: Route clearance. Current pads: Regular grey pads. Comments: I’m the medic for my platoon, a lot of my guys are complaining of headaches that start at the temples from wearing the current helmets. Specialist, US Army Kits: 15.…

All Marines realize the problem: no one fixes it

1/15/18:First and foremost, thank you for reaching out as quickly as you did. I was blown up twice 2011, and once in 2012 in Afghanistan and received a TBI, and head trauma from each blast. A majority of my job in the fleet is explosives, and I’m generally within close proximity of blasts or over…

Constantly adjust the pads to reduce headaches

Constantly adjust the pads to reduce headachesKits: 3. Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Combat Engineer; Demolitions, CIED. Current pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE. Gray, glued seam, felt texture. Comments: A guy in my platoon in 2011 had some pretty amazing kevlar pads that DID NOT give the wearer headaches, or the…