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!

Soldier’s reply

Dr. Meaders, thank you very much for such a quick reply to my request. I know that these new pads will be quite the blessing to me and my team. The issues with the current pads vary greatly from user to user but the one common issue that we all have is that they are…

Request

Kits: 5. Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana. Heard about us: Friend, word of mouth. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Unit Pad, Crown, Size 6, W911QY-07-F-0051, NSN8470-01-546-9415, 9U425, LOT 0577-2 The pads are Loam Green in color, Glued, and have a Felt like texture. Comments: The current pads usually are ok however the seems come unglued after putting them…

Army Request

Kits: 16. Hometown: Mount Wolf, PA. Heard about us: Internet. Duties: Security Force Advise and Assist Team. Current Pads: Pad, Helmet, Advanced Combat, Gray, sewn seam. Comments: Some are too bulky and hard for some of the soldiers.. LTC, US Army

2014 Army Requests

30 July 2014: Thank you very much for such a quick reply to my request. I know that these new pads will be quite the blessing to me and my team. The issues with the current pads vary greatly from user to user but the one common issue that we all have is that they…

2013 Army Requests

29 Dec 2013: Kits: 1. Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI. Heard About us: mymilitarysavings.com. Duties: Guard Duty/Network Operations. Current Pads: Grey, normal seam?, stiff. Comments: my current pads do not conform to my head correctly, and I often find myself pushing my helmet up. I have tried many different positions for the pads but they just dont…

2012 Army Requests

29 Dec 2012: Kits: 1. Heard About us: THROUGH THE MAIN WEB PAGE FOR SHINDAND. Duties: FIELD MEDIC. Current Pads: GREY,SMOOTH. Comments: THEY DO NOT FIT PROPERLY TO MY HEAD AND THEY CAUSE MY HELMET SIT BE UNCOMFORTABLE. SPC, US Army. 28 Dec 2012: Kits: 2.  Heard About us: Higher Ups. Duties: Recon & Survaillance.…

2011 Army Requests

31 Dec 2011: Kits: 10, Heard About us: Internet. Duties: Mentoring ANA. Current Pads: sewn seam, glued, and other. Comments: headaches.  SSG, US Army. 31 Dec 2011: Kits: 40. Hometown: Fort Leonard Wood MO. Heard About us: Google. Duties: Route Clearance. Current Pads: Basic Issue pads. Green on back and black and kinda squishy. Gets…

2010 Army Requests

31 Dec 2010: Duties: line medic. Current Pads: green and cloth like texture and sewn seams. Comments: army issue chin strap cause skin irritation; army issue pads are very uncomfortable wearing for extended time periods; deploying to war zone as line medic outside wire and need best pads possible; my parents are donating money to…