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.

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…

USMC Upgrade Request

Kits: 12. Hometown: Richlands. Heard about us: Friend and past user. Duties: Training for Deployment. Current Pads: They are grey and issued from CIF. Comments: I am currently training Marines for deployment and have the CIF issued PADs and the wearing the helmet all day long the pads are causing headaches and migrines. New pads…

2014 Marine Requests

10 Jul 2014: Kits: 8.  Duties: Financial Management. Current Pads: They are grey, not sure of the kind. Comments: I am not sure. Cpl, USMC. 2 Jul 2014: Kits: 25. Heard about us: Other websites. Duties: Basic stuff, supporting the MEU, Infantry things, sensor things. Current Pads: They are gray pads, really firm not comfortable.…

2013 Marine Requests

17 Dec 2013: Kits: 50. Duties: INFANTRY. Current Pads: NSN. Comments: UNCOMFORTABLE FIT AND POOR QUALITY. 1st Lt, USMC. 13 Dec 2013: Kits: 50. Heard About us: other platoons. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Team Wendy (grey. Comments: Current pads create uncomfortable pressure points. Marines tend to remove pads and take their helmets off more often. …

2012 Marines Requests

27 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: The pads I have now give me headaches and feels like I’m wearing bricks on my head. They also get very cold and hard during the winter. Cpl, USMC. 23 Dec 2012: Kits: 13. Hometown: Lake Forest Park, WA. Heard About us: Justin. Duties:…

2011 Marine Requests

22 Dec 2011: Kits: 1. Duties: Afghan Army Liaison Officer. Current Pads: NSN starting in 8470 3/4 inch “Advanced Combat” Helmet Pad. Comments: Current configuration DOES cause distracting pain after several hours of wear – especially with the additon of night vision equipment. Just looking to try something that MAY be better . . .…