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!

Security is what keeps us alive

Security is what keeps us aliveKits: 32. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-9407 Glued seam, gray. Comments: We wear our ECH every day for 12 plus hours at a time. They are causing my guys to have headaches and they are constantly adjusting there helmets. This is detracting a significant amount of attention from security.…

… standard issue and are uncomfortable

… standard issue and are uncomfortableKits: 4. Hometown: Houston. Heard about us: friend. Duties: Airborne infantry. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced combat size SPM1C1-08-D-F006 3/4″ NSN 5470-01-546-9415 9U425 LOT TW0401-2. Comments: I recently got back from Afghanistan and would’ve killed for a better set of pads for me and my guys. The ones we have…

Hard and hurt your head

Hard and hurt your headKits: 5. Hometown: Medford. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: NSN 8470-01-546-5356 Color Gray. Comments: The pads we are issued now get hard and hurt your head when wearing for a long period of time. Sgt, USMC Kits: 3. Heard about us: Military Friend. Duties: Maintenance and firing…

Constant headache

Kits: 1. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: basic. Comments: Constant headache with my pads now. LCpl, USMC Kits: 2. Hometown: Fort Bragg, NC. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Basic mission force protection. Current Pads: Army issue pads. Comments: I have difficulties with the original pads and using my hearing protection. It gives me a headache stuffing…

Thanksgiving and thanks for giving!

Thanksgiving and thanks for giving!i just got the order of helmet pads today and installed them on my helmet and passed out the other to my squad. have to tell you they’re really great. so much better than our issue ones. its getting cold here and ours tend to get pretty hard making for an…

Pads are hard and extremely uncomfortable

Pads are hard and extremely uncomfortableKits: 1. Hometown: Houston, Texas. Heard about us: friend. Duties: Will be convoying into hostile area and conducting [opsec] operations upon arrival. Current Pads: current standard issued gray glued pads. Comments: Pads are hard and extremely uncomfortable takes a while to break the issued pads in and once they do they…

The current helmet pads are very stiff and uncomfortable

The current helmet pads are very stiff and uncomfortableKits: 3. Heard about us: My maintenance team recieved their kits today and told the rest of the platoon. Duties: Maintenance, Convoy, Counter Mortar. Current Pads: standard issued ACH helmet pads. They are grayish black and really hard. Comments: The current helmet pads I have are very…

4 kits because I am a team leader

4 kits because I am a team leaderKits: 4. Hometown: La Monte MO. Heard about us: a website with links for military discounts. Duties: military police work. Current Pads: light green small velcro type they are pretty worn out got 4 years on them . Comments: I am ordering 4 kits because I am a…