Headaches

Kits: 185. Hometown: Cypress, TX. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Advanced Combat, SPM1C1-12-D-B014. NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Grey. Comments: The current issued pads give Marines headaches after prolonged wear specifically they provide no give and act more like a vice than provide relief. Distractions are never good when your focus is needed everywhere. MSgt, USMC

Kits: 8. Hometown: Swifton, Arkansas. Heard about us: Friend and fellow service member. Duties: EOD operations. Current Pads: Grey, hard, military issue. Comments: Wearing our Kevlar for an extended period of time during certain operations that require the utmost of concentration can be taxing, especially with uncomfortable kits. Also, being that we relate closely with explosives, having a higher quality of pad would increase our protection from TBI. Sgt, USMC

Kits: 40. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gray, Sewn, Foam insulated. Comments: Causes headaches after long use. Would like to raise morale and not have to worry about adding extra discomfort. SGT, USMC

Kits: 11. Heard about us: Colleague. Duties: Squad Leader. Current Pads: GI grey pads (NSN: 8470-01-546-9356). Comments: The current GI grey pads (NSN: 8470-01-546-9356) are incredibly stiff and unforgiving, even after well worn-in (which takes an inordinate amount of time). Not that comfort is priority, but not getting a headache while wearing my helmet for 16+ hours a day would be nice. In this case, I would argue that comfort makes me more combat effective. I am requesting 11 kits, one for every Marine in my squad, including myself. Corporal, USMC

Kits: 1. Hometown: Anaheim. Heard about us: friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Stiff grey pads. Written: “PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT”. Comments: The issued Kevlar pads are really uncomfortable after about 20 minutes. They cause headaches, especially with nvg’s mounted for long periods of times. Cpl, USMC

Kits: 30. Hometown: MOKENA, IL. Heard about us: FRIEND. Duties: COMBAT ENGINEER. ROUT CLEARENCE, DEMOLITIONS. Current Pads: GRAY ISSUED ONES. Comments: I have a combat engineer platoon. the current pads are hard and stiff. new pads will help prevent head injuries. cpl, USMC