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.

Headaches

Kits: 185. Hometown: Cypress, TX. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Advanced Combat, SPM1C1-12-D-B014. NSN 8470-01-546-9356. Grey. Comments: The current issued pads give Marines headaches after prolonged wear specifically they provide no give and act more like a vice than provide relief. Distractions are never good when your focus is needed everywhere. MSgt,…

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

Kits: 2. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SPM1C1-12-D-B014. Comments: My brother and I are in the same unit and he gets headaches from the Kevlar pads he has now. Cpl, USMC

something better on our heads would help

Kits: 34. Hometown: Vista. Heard about us: friend. Duties: going out the wire as a route clearance and dismount patroll. Current Pads: basic army issue. Comments: deployed to Afghanistan which sucks and most of the guys are getting headaches and tired of the basic issue pads we have we r a route clearance company and…

Pain in the ……

3/6/17: Duties: Security/Infantry. Current Pads: Grey, hard foam pads. Comments: Our current pads have put a bad strain on our heads. Especially when standing post for prolonged periods of time. Headaches and neck strains are very common along with hair loss. The current ones issued are very hard and uncomfortable when working.. LCpl, USMC, (FAST )

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…

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,…

We’ve got your backs (and heads), Marines!

2/1/17: “I am the Company Commander with xxx 2/1. First off I want to thank you for the support you have shown to us over the years. Just prior to our last deployment you outfitted our unit with helmet pads. The difference you have made is immeasurable. As the Vertical Assault Unit for 2nd Battalion…

Helping Marines

Kits: 25. Heard about us: received kits from your organization during deployment to AFG in 2014. Duties: medical support. Current Pads: Unknown. Comments: Thank you very much for your support to troops. HM2/E5, USN