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!

Biggest complaint on the current pads is headaches

Kits: 28. Hometown: Minneapolis, MN. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Light Combat Engineer. Current Pads: Army issued pads, PAD, Helmet , Advanced combat, Gray 3/4″. Comments: The biggest complaint on the current pads is headaches even after adjusting pad locations. Removing pads for bare minimum amount still discomfort, with this then chin strap issues not…

Foam is hard and causes me headaches

Foam is hard; causes headachesKits: 30. Hometown: Roaring Spring. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: standard Army Issue pads, Grey in color, seam is sewn. Comments: I wear my helmet for 8 to 10 hours a day sometimes more. The current Pads I have are the standard issue pad issued to me.…

something better on our heads would help

Kits: 34. Hometown: Vista. Heard about us: friend. Duties: going out the wire as a route clearance and dismount patroll. Current Pads: basic army issue. Comments: deployed to Afghanistan which sucks and most of the guys are getting headaches and tired of the basic issue pads we have we r a route clearance company and…

causing my head more pain than comfort

causing my head more pain than comfortKits: 2. Heard about us: other website. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA 3/4″ they are grey and they appear to be glued together. Very stiff, and very uncomfortable.. Comments: I have been looking for intuitive ways to boost the comfort of wearing my kevlar for years now. It wasn’t…

I had no idea there were upgrades

I had no idea there were upgradesKits: 6. Hometown: Houston, TX. Heard about us: Internet. Duties: Convoy, Artillery. Current Pads: Normal Army issue, grey. Comments: I had no idea there were upgrades that could make wearing your helmet more comfortable. We are currenty deployed to northern Iraq enabling ISF forces to fight for their country…

Helmets making life misreable

Comments: I had no idea there were upgrades that could make wearing your helmet more comfortable. We are crrenty deployed to northern Iraq enabling ISF forces to fight for their country back. This would be awesome to have and hand out to my Paratroopers. With the current pads being so stiff, the helmets seems to…

massive headaches

massive headachesKits: 3. Hometown: el paso. Heard about us: friend. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: advanced combat trapezoidal. green. glued. suede. Comments: they pinch my head and give massive headaches. theyre really hard and dig into your skull.. lcpl, USMC Kits: 70. Hometown: Chicago IL. Heard about us: Word of mouth. Duties: Infantry Vertical Assault Company,…