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!

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,…

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…