US Marines

Helmet Upgrade Requests from USMC personnel – Marines

First-hand reports. Not research, but REALITY.

IF ANY MARINE wants to official comment on their head armor/pads, go to https://www.mccdc.usmc.mil/featuretopics/mep/NewProposal.asp. This avenue is the ONLY way to help change the system and receive the best helmet pads America can provide instead of the cheapest, so please contact them through the above website asking for comments.

Rank Abbreviations: Pvt = Private; PFC = Private First Class; LCpl = Lance Corporal; Cpl = Corporal; Sgt = Sergeant; SSgt = Staff Sergeant; GySgt = Gunnery; 1Sgt = First Sergeant; MSgt = Master Sergeant; SGM = Sergeant Major; MGySgt = Master Gunnery Sergeant; SgtMaj = Sergeant Major; WO1 = Warrant Officer; CWO2-5 = Chief Warrant Officer 2 thru 5; 2nd Lt/1st Lt = 2nd or 1st Lieutenant; Capt = Captain; Maj = Major; Lt Col = Lt Colonel; Col = Colonel. http://www.defense.gov/specials/insignias/enlisted.html

CIF = Central Issue Facility; FMF = Fleet Marine Forces; LWH = Lightweight Helmet; Corpsman = Medic; MSA = Mine Safety Appliances; NSN = National Stock Number; PLT = Platoon; POG = Personnel Other than Grunt (which is all military MOSs other than infantry). MT = Motor Transport (Trucks). REIN = Reinforced. A Platoon should have 42 people; a reinforced Platoon has more.

The current pads leave us with compression headaches

The current pads leave us with compression headachesKits: 35. Hometown: Chicago, Il. Heard about us: friends. Duties: infantry. Current pads: CIF. Comments: Operation inherent Resolve… cureent pads are solid and stiff. Reallly uncomfortable and gives us headaches after long time use. ssgt, US Marines Kits: 3. Hometown: Mesa. Heard about us: Buddy from another platoon.…

A burning sensation all around my head

A burning sensation all around my headKits: 1. Hometown: California. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Basic issue. Comments: Current pads are stiff. SSG, US Army Kits: 1. Hometown: Indianapolis/Noblesville, Indiana. Heard about us: Battle Buddy. Duties: Infantry/patrolling. Current pads: Grey sewn seam. Comments: The current pads I have tend to bring…

Issued pads suck

Issued pads suckKits: 6. Hometown: Hinesville, Ga. Heard about us: Cpl Michael [opsec]. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Ceradyne Advanced Combat Pads. Comments: I am a Team Leader on an Advisor Team. We are tasked with going outside the wire to patrol the battle space. The six requested kits would outfit everyone in my truck. The…

Pain in the A__: perhaps AIR? Not likely

Thank you for your response.  That request for 140 pads is not for our entire company, but for three of our reinforced platoons which for our current mission-set are transported by MV-22 Ospreys and can be wearing their helmet in the aircraft for 4-5 hours before potentially inserting into a landing zone to begin their…

Compression headaches

Kits: 10. Hometown: Redding California. Heard about us: Buddy. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard issue. Comments: Many of my marines have complained to me about the issued pads and if I knew of any better ones. Until I used my buddies helmet I didn’t. Then he told me about this and I wanted to surprise…

The current pads end up feeling like bricks

The current pads end up feeling like bricksKits: 56. Hometown: Nevada. Heard about us: My Battalion Commander. Duties: Infantry/ Route clearance/ QRF. Current pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: The current pads we have get very hard after awhile of wearing them in the field and end up feeling like bricks. When we were doing cold…