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!

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO!

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO! Kits: 8. Hometown: Georgia. Heard about us: Squad Leader. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT – Grey color. Comments: I was told about this site about two years ago by my squad leader at the time and and requested a kit. THESE KITS ARE A GOD SEND.…

Some soldiers don’t have any at all

Some soldiers don’t have any at allKits: 22. Hometown: Stuart fl. Heard about us: A friend. Duties: Route clearance. Current pads: Regular grey pads. Comments: I’m the medic for my platoon, a lot of my guys are complaining of headaches that start at the temples from wearing the current helmets. Specialist, US Army Kits: 15.…

Heading overseas

Heading overseasKits: 30. Hometown: Greenville sc. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Issued pads. Comments: We are going to ntc [national training center] and the possibility of going to Korea. Sgt, US Army

Helmet Pads causing problems in the field

1/13/187: The current cif issued pads are terrible. They  are way too thick and not soft. It would be great to get me and my platoon some more pads that work better. Helmets can be an issue in the field. They constantly are uncomfortable. We need something better. It would improve our proficiency and overall well…

current pads are old and worn out

Current pads we use are so old and worn out my soldiers were taking them out of there helmetsKits: 7. Hometown: Boise, ID. Heard about us: Friend from work. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Gray ach pads from cif/rfi. Comments: The current pads we use are so old and worn out my soldiers were taking them…

I keep taking my helmet off: danger!

1/1/18:HQ Element for an infantry battalion: QRF, security, presence patrols, tactical convoys. Current pads: Issued gray 3/4″ Ceradyne pads. Comments: My battalion is leaving for Afghanistan next month. Personally, I have never been able to get my ACH to fit well with the issue pads, and I have suffered recurring headaches, hotspots, and discomfort after…