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!

Wake up, PEO SOLDIER

4/4/18: Hey, thank you for the reply. I don’t see how they receive no complaints. The issues pads are too hard and cause headaches with any mission over an hour. Soldiers have to take pads out just so the Kevlar fits. I represent an advisor team that is detached from our battalion. All of our…

How can we help them if we can’t help ourselves?

3/30/18:  Duties: Training the afghan army to win their war. Current pads: Pad, Helmet, ACH. Comments: When we operate in the cold, we have to build a fire just to warm up the pads so they aren’t painfully pressing against our head. We wear the bare minimum of padding during our operations. One guy almost lost…

The “pads” the army issues us might as well be concrete

The crap the Army issues us might as well be concreteKits: 130. Hometown: Grove City, MN. Heard about us: One of the Squad Leaders in my company told me about it. Duties: Infantry company on a Rotational deployment, all Infantry tasks. Current pads: issued, sage in color. Comments: Hard to configure for proper helmet fit.…

Helmet pads don’t fit correctly, are uncomfortable, and make helmet unbalanced

Helmet pads don’t fit correctly, are uncomfortable, and make helmet unbalancedKits: 15. Hometown: Fort campbell. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Convoy, maintenance, support. Current pads: Standard issue. Comments: My soldiers have issues with the pads not fitting correctly, being uncomfortable, or sitting too high on their heads for good balance. 1LT, US Army Kits: 22.…

Standard issue pads are garbage

Standard issue pads are garbage – uncomfortableKits: 40. Hometown: Quincy, MA. Heard about us: A friend that was in my last unit that got us the helmet pads. Duties: Light infantry. Current pads: Standard GI issued. Worn out, ripped, uncomfortable. Comments: Tons of our soldiers in my platoon have the standard issue helmet pads CIF…