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.

Issued pads suck

Issued pads suckKits: 6. Hometown: Hinesville, Ga. Heard about us: Cpl Michael [opsec]. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Ceradyne Advanced Combat Pads. Comments: I am a Team Leader on an Advisor Team. We are tasked with going outside the wire to patrol the battle space. The six requested kits would outfit everyone in my truck. The…

Pain in the A__: perhaps AIR? Not likely

Thank you for your response.  That request for 140 pads is not for our entire company, but for three of our reinforced platoons which for our current mission-set are transported by MV-22 Ospreys and can be wearing their helmet in the aircraft for 4-5 hours before potentially inserting into a landing zone to begin their…

Compression headaches

Kits: 10. Hometown: Redding California. Heard about us: Buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard issue. Comments: Many of my marines have complained to me about the issued pads and if I knew of any better ones. Until I used my buddies helmet I didn’t. Then he told me about this and I wanted to surprise…

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.…