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 PADS I HAVE ARE HORRIBLE!

Kits: 1. Hometown: ALHAMBRA, CA. Heard about us: PLATOON SGT. Duties: ARMOR. Current Pads: BASIC/GREY. Comments: THE PADS I HAVE ARE HORRIBLE! THEY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND IRRITATING . I HATE THEM. SGT, US Army Kits: 15. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry operations, convoys, dismounted patrols. Current Pads: Issued hard gray pads. Comments: The pads…

Uncomfortable helmet pads add to danger in EOD

3/31/17: . Duties: EOD operations. Current Pads: Grey, hard, military issue. Comments: Wearing our Kevlar for an extended period of time during certain operations that require the utmost of concentration can be taxing, especially with uncomfortable kits. Also, being that we relate closely with explosives, having a higher quality of pad would increase our protection from…

Current Pads Do Not Allow For Adjustment

USMC Infantry

Kits: 20. Hometown: Huntingdon, PA. Heard about us: Google. Duties: infantry operations both mounted on vehicles and dismounted. Current Pads: Issued grey pads, held in with hook and loop. Comments: The current pads we have do not allow for any adjustment to each Marine, some are too tight, some too loose. Many have purchased epic…

Headaches

USMC Infantry

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

USMC Infantry

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 )