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.

Your head will start to go numb

Your head will start to go numbKits: 11. Hometown: Londonderry NH. Heard about us: Scout sniper friend. Duties: Infantry deploying soon. Current Pads: Basic IIF issue pads that are grey/hard. Comments: My squad and I have always hated these helmet pads. After a while your head will start to go numb, especially if you have…

The pads turn to stone in the cold

USMC Infantry

The pads turn to stone in the coldKits: 30. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Issued. Comments: Issued pads increase possibility of head ache and more importantly brain injury in the event of fragmentation striking the surface of the Kevlar helmet. These pads help reduce that possibility. 2ndLT, USMC Kits: 35. Hometown: Cleveland, OH. Heard about us:…

Hard headed Marines need pads somewhat less rocky!

/22/17: Duties: Infantry (patrols, post, cross training). Current Pads: GI grey sewed rocks. Comments: Deployed to CentCom this past year and had to make due through the winter with the standard GI pads freezing and becoming rock hard. They aren’t much better through the summer as they’re so uncomfortable and don’t offer much cushion to allow…

Way too hard on our heads

USMC Infantry

Way too hard on our headsKits: 5. Hometown: Crystal City. Heard about us: Fellow Operators. Duties: Special Operations. Current Pads: stock junk ones. Comments: They are way too hard on our heads. SSgt, USMC

Lots of headaches and discomfort

USMC Infantry

Lots of headaches and discomfortKits: 60. Hometown: Farmington, IL. Heard about us: Fellow Co-Worker. Duties: Motor Transport support missions for the squadron. Current Pads: standard issued. Comments: Due to our op tempo, we do a lot of wearing of our Kevlar which brings on lots of headaches and discomfort. With these upgraded helmet pads my…

Major headaches and sore heads

USMC Infantry

Major headaches and sore headsKits: 10. Hometown: Montgomery. Heard about us: A friend. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Cif issued. Comments: The pads we currently have cause major headaches and sore heads. My marines were standing post last deployment and most will be going back to that. They all have complained of having to take their…