US Army

Helmet Upgrade Requests from US Army personnel – Soldiers

March 17, 2011: In a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’ Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, the Army’s PEO Soldier blamed helmet discomfort on inadequately fitted helmets not worn appropriately with all pads in place. See emails below for what troops who actually wear helmets in combat have to say about that.

And now, from the pointy end of the spear: emails from the heart: direct quotes with (most) expletives deleted

LISTEN TO YOUR TROOPS, ARMY!

Protect our Paratroopers!

Protect our Paratroopers!Kits: 4. Heard about us: Senior NCO at joint training.. Duties: Combat Medicine. Current Pads: ACH issue pads. Unit Pad -(Crown, Trapezoid, Oblong), Foliage/Sage Green. Glued Seam.. Comments: Treated several minor head/face injuries on drop zones and during other training. Individuals are loosening their helmet straps up because of the uncomfortable pads issued…

Amazing Pads

Amazing PadsKits: 30. Hometown: SEMINOLE, OK. Heard about us: YOU SENT ME SOME WHILE OVERSEAS WITH THE [opsec] RANGERS. Duties: TEAM LEADER. Current Pads: ARMY ISSUED. Comments: I AM REQUESTING PADS FOR MY PLATOON BECAUSE YOU GUYS SENT ME SOME AMAZING PADS LIKE 6 YEARS AGO WHILE I WAS ON A DEPLOYMENT. CPL, US Army…

THE PADS I HAVE ARE HORRIBLE!

Kits: 1. Hometown: ALHAMBRA, CA. Heard about us: PLATOON SGT. Duties: ARMOR. Current Pads: BASIC/GREY. Comments: THE PADS I HAVE ARE HORRIBLE! THEY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND IRRITATING . I HATE THEM. SGT, US Army Kits: 15. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry operations, convoys, dismounted patrols. Current Pads: Issued hard gray pads. Comments: The pads…

Disintegrating, slippery pads cause problems

5/2917: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Standard issue, glued seems, sage green color. Comments: My company is deploying this summer and is in sore need of helmet pad upgrades. We have conducted 4 multi-week long training events in the LA heat in the last few months and most of my guys’ pads are disintegrating. The issued pads…

Hard, slimy helmet pads make for unnecessary problems

6/2/17: Duties: Platoon SGT.. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat, NSN/ Gray with glued seam/ fuzzy. Comments: I have somewhat of a large head (7 3/4 hat size) and that combined with the standard ” large” helmet size and thickness/ stiffness of the helmet pads, I often get pressure point headaches, raw spots and even…

Issued pads don’t breath worth a damn

Issued pads don’t breath worth a damnKits: 140. Hometown: Cheyenne, WY. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Standard issue, glued seams, sage green color. Comments: My company is deploying this summer and is in sore need of helmet pad upgrades. We have conducted 4 multi-week long training events in the LA heat in…

Phenomenal compared to the standard GI pads

Phenomenal compared to the standard GI padsKits: 35. Hometown: Roanoke, VA. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry platoon performing QRF operations. Current Pads: GI pads with glued seams. Comments: I was given a set of your pads and absolutely love them. The level of comfort they provide is phenomenal compared to the standard GI pads.…