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.

All Marines realize the problem: no one fixes it

1/15/18:First and foremost, thank you for reaching out as quickly as you did. I was blown up twice 2011, and once in 2012 in Afghanistan and received a TBI, and head trauma from each blast. A majority of my job in the fleet is explosives, and I’m generally within close proximity of blasts or over…

Constantly adjust the pads to reduce headaches

Constantly adjust the pads to reduce headachesKits: 3. Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Combat Engineer; Demolitions, CIED. Current pads: PAD, HELMET, ADVANCED COMBAT SIZE. Gray, glued seam, felt texture. Comments: A guy in my platoon in 2011 had some pretty amazing kevlar pads that DID NOT give the wearer headaches, or the…

Deadly Distraction

1/18/18: Duties: IED Sweeping, Airfield Damage Repair, Security, Patrols. Current pads: Standard issue, Team Wendy Pads. Comments: While training for the Special MAGTF my Marines often have pain from the standard issue pads after wearing their helmets for long amounts of time. When my Marines should be concentrating on detecting IEDs at the front of a…

The pads cause headaches

The pads cause headachesKits: 35. Hometown: Plainville MA. Heard about us: Adjacent platoon received pads. Duties: Infantry, demolitions, counter IED. Current pads: Grey issued pads, smooth felt padding, glued seams. Comments: The pads cause headaches and require constant adjustment to prevent headaches. This means a lot of the Marines have to readjust before mounting night…

The current pads hurt our heads

The current pads hurt our headsKits: 300. Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca. Heard about us: Fellow 1stSgt. Duties: Foot patrols, mounted patrols. Current pads: BA851 Lot- TW 1325-2, gray, attached with Velcro. Comments: The current issues pads that we get are pretty hard and they do not form to the person head. I did notice that…

Hard as rocks

Hard as RocksKits: 32. Hometown: Bessemer City, NC. Heard about us: Battle buddy. Duties: Train/Advise/Assist. Current pads: Stock rock. Comments: The pads that come with our CIF issue hurt the scalp, cause headaches and never form to our heads! Because of the stiffness of the pads, the helmets sit high on most heads! SSgt, US…

I can’t focus with a headache this intense

Kits: 4. Hometown: Camden, Michigan. Heard about us: Sniper buddy from [opsec] Marines. Current pads: Shrink Wrapped Rocks. Glued. Grey. Ones black. All the words are worn off.. Comments: My issued pads are starting to rub my hair out of my head but more so I get headaches and would almost rather risk getting hit/possibly…