Destructive modification of head armor? FIX THE PROBLEM, MARINES!

10/11/18:. Heard about us: User testimonials via Oregon Aero. Duties: Advising. Current pads: NSN: 8470-01-546-9356; the generic grey ones with glued seams. Comments: Our team will be operating in close proximity to our ANA counterparts and local nationals conducting TFSW’s Train, Advise, Assist mission as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan. Due to our exposure outside the wire nearly every day our biggest threats are VBIEDs and IDF, which makes our PPE critical. I’ve read the testimonials and felt the comfort of these pads in my old helmet (we’ve since upgraded to the ECH) and believe they’re amazing and would like the team to be outfitted with as many of these as possible. We just got on deck here and will be here until summer 2019. The old pads are so uncomfortable that one TTP that’s been adopted is that we cut a cross pattern into the pack of the pad to get it to conform to the head just a little bit better.. I saw the link on the website about how to file formal feedback with “higher” and it’s on my to-do list.  To expound upon the current pads, they freeze in cold temps (not even freezing, but less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they turn hard as rocks), they itch something fierce and I’m not a big fan of taking my helmet off just to scratch an itch in an area where people may want to shoot at me (so I usually end up hitting my Kevlar several times to make the itch go away).  Further, if I have to physically damage something to make it work better (re: me cutting a cross into the back of my pads), there’s a problem.Captain, US Marines