The G.I. pads are hard plastic which cut the wearer’s forehead

The G.I. pads are hard plastic which cut the wearer's forehead

Many of my Troopers have had an issue with the front and two rear pads having a hard plastic like material in them that resulted in their foreheads becoming cut by the pad itself. The pads in the rear are made of the same material, and the result usually becomes a headache from the pressure to the scalp. This discomfort is resulting in my gunners/drivers to take their situational awareness off of the environment to try and adjust their helmets on the move. I thank organizations like yours that go out of their way to help the soldiers still out here. SSG , US Army

Kits: 50. Hometown: Mechanicville NY. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Infantry. Comments: We are going to the Med for sure on a MEU. My order is to outfit my rifle platoon. We will be going outside the wire frequently. My Marines hate the current issued helmet pads. Some of us have the kits and it a noticeable difference Who’s wearing them and who isnt. LCpl, USMC

Kits: 2. Heard about us: Online, reddit. Duties: Field feeding. Current pads: Cif issued. Comments: I tried to wash my cif-issued helmet pads but it didn’t work so well. They look so bad with all the dirts/taints from several field problems and I’d like to see how this one will work.. Specialist, US Army

Kits: 2. Hometown: Chicago. Heard about us: Website. Duties: Patrol. Current pads: 8470-01-746-5643. Comments: I honestly never thought about finding replacement pads until I heard about the previous generation being a lot better. I’m Airborne and you’re required to have a pad cover ever fastner on the inside of the ACH before jumps. This is when my problem began. I used to take out the back pad so my head wasn’t squeezed during normal use. After about 30 minutes- 1 hour of wearing my ACH I get a headache like someone has my head in a vice is slowly tightening it. After an hour it only gets worse. Now being deployed again I take the back pad out. I took the advice of some friends that have similar issues and washed the pads numeras times to “loosen” them up. This works sometimes and I can keep the helmet on longer, but it feels more like a plesibo than an acual solution since the pain always comes back, it might take longer or it might be just as quick.. SGT, US Army