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!

Pads are not comfortable

Kits: 2. Hometown: Sonora, Ca. Heard about us: An NCO. Duties: Train RTU, constant field exercises/ Maintenance. Current Pads: Issued, foliage green, NSN on large round pad: 8470-01-546-9415. Comments: The problem with the issued pads: – pressure can be felt from a single pad throughout the day eventually causing headaches – constantly having to adjust…

more comfortable pads

more comfortable padsKits: 2. Hometown: St. Louis, MO. Heard about us: Marine Corps Times. Duties: I am the [opsec] advisor to the Afghan National Army. [opsec]. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT, GREEN, Looks like a glued seam which attaches to the velcro in the helmet. Comments: No major difficulties in terms of saying that…

No budget to buy helmet pads

No budget to buy helmet padsKits: 75. Hometown: Autaugaville,AL. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: We will be QRF port security in Kuwait. Current Pads: Not sure of brand but they’re gray. The material attaches to Velcro. Comments: I’m the unit supply and I have been trying to purchase helmet pads through unit funds but they…

Helmet wear creates a lot of pressure … on the forehead

Helmet wear creates a lot of pressure … on the foreheadKits: 30. Hometown: Clare, MI. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Combat Engineer. Current Pads: Unit pad. Comments: We have been to NTC twice this year and have an upcoming deployment and extended wear of the helmet creates a lot of pressure, especially on the forehead.…

might as well just be rocks square/rectangle inside the helmet

Kits: 5. Hometown: dallas GA. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: ceradyne, grey glued. Comments: pads that we currently got have 0 padding at all. might as well just be rocks square/rectangle inside the helmet. SSG, US Army Kits: 4. Hometown: Jackson NJ. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Basic issue, damaged pads. Comments: want…

Voice of experience ignored yet again

Nov 28, 2016: From us to a requesting warrior: Clint: Have you let folks higher up in the food chain know about the problems with the current GI helmet pads? When I urge the military to undergo a cephalo-rectal extraction they assure me there’s NO problem with them. His response: “It’s something ive brought up…