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 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.

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.

Current issued pads cause pain

USMC Infantry

Current issued pads cause painKits: 1. Hometown: Houston, TX. Heard about us: Fellow Marine/ Friend. Duties: Tactical Communications. Current Pads: Issued Gray Pads. Comments: Current issued pads cause pain. 2ndLt, USMC

Current pads cause severe discomfort

Current pads cause severe discomfortKits: 10. Hometown: Glastonbury CT. Heard about us: Former XO. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Gray issued. Comments: Current pads cause severe discomfort and don’t allow for proper fit on all head shapes. SGT, USMC Kits: 12. Hometown: . Heard about us: Website. Duties: Convoy. Current Pads: Skydex. Comments: No cushioning, almost…

Game-changing pads

Game-changing padsKits: 12. Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas. Heard about us: My senior enlisted leaders. Duties: infantry. Current Pads: stock DOD garbage. Comments: Hey man, a few years ago my Seniors got us these great new kevlar pads during my first deployment (OEF 10-2). Now it’s my turn to be a senior NCO, and I’d like…

Actually makes the Kevlar comfortable

USMC Infantry

Actually makes the Kevlar comfortableKits: 40. Hometown: Meadville, PA. Heard about us: A marine in another company. Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: Blue cif pads. Comments: The current pads provided by cif are giving marines head aches and pains during long operations with Kevlars on. A marine in a different company I know recently showed me…

Troops wonder why the military doesn’t provide the best!

From a Marine Lt: Dr. Meaders, Sorry for the delay. Just got the pads and they feel great. Can’t wait to distribute them to the guys. The discomfort of our current pads has definitely been brought up. Not sure why they are still issued when it appears to be just as cheap to issue more comfortable ones.…

The pads that are issued are awful

USMC Infantry

The pads that are issued are awfulKits: 40. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: MEU. Current Pads: Grey Standard Issue. Comments: Trying to get my Platoon new pads and heard this was the place to go. The pads that are issued are awful. Thanks for the help!. 1stLT, USMC Kits: 1. Hometown: Reading. Heard about us:…