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!

Issued pads are extremely uncomfortable; often result in severe headaches

Issued pads are extremely uncomfortable; often result in severe headachesKits: 28. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Gray issued. Comments: The pads we are currently issued are extremely uncomfortable, and often result in severe headaches.. SGT, US Army Kits: 33. Hometown: Soddy Daisy. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Guard Duty, ECP. Current pads: Green velcro CIF issued.…

Bubble wrap? Really? Jumping Jehosepat, Army. WAKE UP?

11/11/17: Heard about us: Google. Duties: Convoy ops, QRF, perimeter security. Current pads: Foliage green GI pads. Comments: The GI pads are hard and squeeze our heads making the helmet sit way too high and cause headaches. Personally, I threw mine away almost immediately and currently use a Flight helmet liner which is just tough…

Migraines and pain after wearing their helmets

Kits: 120. Hometown: Watertown. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Patrols, QRF, Training Local Forces. Current pads: Standard issue foliage green pads. Comments: Headaches, become hard after short period of use. Im trying to outfit my company before we go down range, and if you guys could help us id really appreciate it. CPL, US 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…