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 pressure from blasts, to counter head injuries, concussions or unconsciousness from blasts or over pressure an SOP we teach and ensure is happening is to keep the mouth open and tuck the head down when you see the blast waves approaching.The entire Corps is aware of the issues these pads (and other gear) cause, but you know the military, they get their gear from the lowest bidder, regardless of quality, comfort, or effectiveness in battle. The current issued pads do not let the wearer tighten the Kevlar straps all the way, or wear the Kevlar properly, and cause severe head and neck discomfort while wearing properly (fastened tightly). To combat said discomfort most troops use some sort of beanie, sleeve from a skivvy shirt or a bandana on the head to reduce the amount of pressure to the head. I currently use the bare minimum amount of pads in my helmet (4). For MARSYSCOM, I will launch a complaint immediately. MARSYSCOM does “extensive” research and “battlefield” testing of all the gear we are issued in the fleet, but the results of those tests usually don’t make it back to the fleet. I have a battalion Executive Officer (Major) who was a young Capt at MARSYSCOM, and I believe he could be the one to make the necessary and educated complaint. I will work with him and see what I can accomplish on my end to see if these pads can be a replacement issue for those like myself who are constantly in direct contact with blast waves or over pressure. I sincerely appreciate you and your mission, thank you for what you and your company do. In 9 years I have seen the quality of gear increase exponentially, but some minor improvements are still necessary.