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!

Current Govt issue pads cause too much pressure

Current Govt issue pads cause too much pressureKits: 70. Hometown: Foxboro, MA. Heard about us: A friend on base showed me your pads. Duties: Daily route clearance patrols detecting explosive hazards on roads. Current Pads: Standard ACH/ECH Govt issue light green. Comments: Current Govt issue pads cause too much pressure when worn for 6-8 hours…

Helmets protect; but NOT IF UNWORN

10/14/17:Kits: 70.. Heard about us: A friend on base showed me your pads.. Duties: Daily route clearance patrols detecting explosive hazards on roads.. Current Pads: Standard ACH/ECH Govt issue light green. Comments: Current Govt issue pads cause too much pressure when worn for 6-8 hours at a time on patrol. Makes Soldiers want to take…

The pads that we use are rocks

The pads that we use are rocksKits: 5. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Shitty issued rocks. Comments: The pads that we use are rocks. Most of us get headaches due to the pads hitting pressure points. These things are trash and I hope that you will send us some of your…

Pain and discomfort

Kits: 9. Hometown: Statesboro, GA. Heard about us: Peer, coworker. Duties: Infantry, patrols, QRF, BDOC. Current Pads: Standard issue ACH pads. Comments: The biggest problems my squad faces with our current ACH pads are pain and discomfort. Which forces us to want to take our ACHs off at every opportunity. Also with our current pads…

Combat effectiveness with faulty helmet pads

9/20/17: Duties: Infantry, patrols, QRF, BDOC. Current Pads: Standard issue ACH pads. Comments: The biggest problems my squad faces with our current ACH pads are pain and discomfort. Which forces us to want to take our ACHs off at every opportunity. Also with our current pads the ACHs don’t fit very well and this is…

Army issued pads are poorly built and fail under constant use

Army issued pads are poorly built and fail under constant useKits: 23. Heard about us: From a soldier in the out going unit we are ripping out with. Duties: Infantry/reconnaissance. Current Pads: The loan green standard issue pads. Comments: my plt recently got in theatre and the standard issue pads are causing repeated headaches and…

Why in hell won’t the Army listen to their warriors?

8/31/17:My personal issue with my pads is its completely uncomfortable. Ive had the same ACH for about 5 years now with the same pads. “Funding” is basically all it boils down to, to my understanding. Im mainly contacting your organization as a request from one of my soldiers. He had your pads when he was still…