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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!

Special Ops Soldier Request

Another Special Ops Soldier requests helmet pad upgrade kits for his team and himself. 18 Aug 2014 Kits: 10. Duties: Special Operations Support. Current Pads: standard issue,glued seam, felt texture. Comments: I’m currently deployed in support of OEF. The standard issues pads myself and my squad have do not serve their purpose. As soon as you…

Uncomfortable Helmet

Kits: 9. Hometown: Austin, TX (Fort Hood). Heard about us: Google. Duties: Scout. Current Pads: Green issued pad. Comments: The pads that we’ve been issued are extremely uncomfortable, and we weren’t issued fresh ones at RFI so if I can get fresh ones for my entire squad that’d be awesome.. SGT, US Army. Kits: 2.…

Infantry Sergeant to Help His Platoon

Kits: 48.  Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Green textured and terrible. Comments: Trying to improve all my platoon’s pads to increase moral of soldiers during their tenure with my command. SSG, US Army   Kits: 2. Hometown: Keizer Oregon. Heard about us: Google. Duties: Vertical Engineer. Current Pads: Issued, Grey/green. Comments: They are hard, which in…

Helmet hurts

Kits: 9. Duties: Convoy security, force protection patrols. Current Pads: GI issue pads, nsn, Foliage green, glued seam. Comments: My section is currently using the standard GI issue pads or sometimes the single black pad meant for a coms headset. In garrison we are a field artillery firing section utilizing 105mm light howitzers in either…

Army Requests

Kits: 1. Hometown: Winder. Heard about us: . Duties: Engineering. Current Pads: green. sewn seam. smooth texture. Comments: Old and worn out. stink even after being washed. SGT, US Army Kits: 150. Hometown: Georgia. Heard about us: internet. Duties: Engineering. Current Pads: army issued, green/grey, sewn seam, smooth texture. Comments: in need of new pads…

Request

Kits: 3. Hometown: WASHINGTON, D.C.. Heard about us: INTERNET. Duties: EOD TECH. Current Pads: STANDARD ARMY ISSUE/ GREEN-GREY/ FUZZY POLYESTER/ 2 MEDIUM SIZE KEVLARS & 1 LARGE. Comments: THE EOD TECHS OF TEAM x IN xxxTH EOD COMPANY GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.. SGT, US 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…