Oct 4, 12016: When we asked if this marine had reported the helmet pad problem to higher authority: I have brought up the inadequacies of current padding with my higher, sir. All they do is shrug their shoulders and tell us to buy our own if we want. Ironic, considering when some of us junior leaders do so, we’re reprimanded verbally for “wasting your paycheck, devil dog!” Unfortunately, this sort of push-back has lead me to consider ending my career in the Marine Corps instead of reenlisting. But whatever I do, I’ll be damned if I leave without looking out for my junior Marine’s welfare. Thank you very much, sir. To any Officer or SNCO who will listen and care, I’ll mention you by name.