8/27/2019: The problem at I run into with the standard issue pads is that I have to take some of them out. When wearing my helmet I get headaches from it squeezing my head. As if my head were in a vice and its slowly getting tighter. I’ve tried washing them multiple times to make them softer, and it works for some times, but they always tighten back up into their natural uncomfortable form. Being Airborne we always have to have pads covering the fasteners on the inside of the ACH so all the pads have to be in. Jumps are especially uncomfortable. Thank you for service and support. I’m awestruck that such a program exists to get upgraded pads. I never even considered that an upgraded existed until a friend recommended your services to me. SGT, US Army…(airborne).