The current pads end up feeling like bricks

The current pads end up feeling like bricks

Kits: 56. Hometown: Nevada. Heard about us: My Battalion Commander. Duties: Infantry/ Route clearance/ QRF. Current pads: Grey issued pads. Comments: The current pads we have get very hard after awhile of wearing them in the field and end up feeling like bricks. When we were doing cold weather training the pads ended up freezing so we had what felt like ice blocks on our heads during movements. Any pads from you guys that are better than these will be greatly appreciated. I’m a Small Unit Leader trying to take care of my guys before we head out in our deployment in less than 3 months. Thank you. Corporal, US Marines

Kits: 14. Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Heard about us: Friend. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Standard Issue Pads. Comments: I’m requesting so many, so that each member of my squad deploying has them. Thank you in advance!. Corporal, US Marines

Kits: 14. Hometown: Chadds Ford. Heard about us: Friend in another plt told me to reach out to you guys because our used pads are terrible. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Green issued Marine Corps pads. Comments: The current pads we are issued are HORRIBLE. We wear our kevlars for days on end and they get hard, hurt our heads and give us terrible headaches. Corporal, US Marines

Kits: 1. Heard about us: Friends. Duties: Infantry. Current pads: Grey ciff issued. Comments: The pads that are issued cause migraines and making longer operations extremely difficult. Corporal, US Marines

Kits: 18. Hometown: Alabama. Heard about us: Friend in another plt. Duties: Infantry 13th meu. Current pads: Grey thick foam pads. Comments: We are going on the 13th MUE to conduct missions around the world. We are an infantry Plt at Camp Pendleton. The pads we have are the thick, grey, foam ones. They push our kevlars too high not allowing maximum protection. I just want to take the best care of my guys possible. Thank you so much. US Marines

Kits: 50. Hometown: Chicago. Heard about us: Current active duty Marine. Duties: Engineer recon (MEU). Current pads: Advanced combat pads. Comments: The current pads take too long to soften once cold. These pads are not well fitting for every Marine. The last 4 days of constant kevlar use has left sore spots, bruises, and discomfort with wearing. My goal is to get new pads for my platoon with attachments to boost morale and motivation for the deployment coming up. CPL, US Marines

Kits: 36. Hometown: Kalamazoo, michigan. Heard about us: Google. Duties: INFANTRY. Current pads: Grey issued pads, glued material that is Velcro retention. Comments: I am the platoon sergeant for [opsec]. My platoon will be deploying to Norway later this year. Our current workup has included cold weather training in  California as well as Alaska. These extreme cold environments have put our helmets to the test, and the padding system has utterly failed. At the subzero temperatures we have, and will be operating at the pads become stones. Marines have turned to removing pads, as well as loosening chin straps just to be able to wear their helmets. Our deployment to Norway will be our coldest, toughest challenge yet and we expect continued failure from our gear. I believe my Marines combat effectiveness and overall safety would exponentially benefit from an improved padding system. Please consider my request and thank you for your time. These Marines deserve the proper protection, and if the government won’t provide that, than I’m glad organizations like yours are making the difference. Staff Sergeant, US Marines