Yep, this is how we yanks do it now, all big stick, and speaking very loudly. And now that the Abrams tank has replaced the U.S. Department of State here's the helmet our fighting men and women are wearing to protect their noggins while operating in armored vehicles.
Behold the US Combat Vehicle Crewman's (CVC) helmet manufactured by those fine folks at Gentex Inc. in Carbondale Pennsylvania, who've been in the biz since Vietnam days.
This newer version of the CVC helmet (below) illustrates the mic in place.
Left side view shows the only other deficit of my example of this helmet, note one of the fastening straps for the cranial plate is missing.
Top view demonstrates the scuffing that typifies a "salty" helmet.
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The numbers 4-6 usually are the vehicle number. We did this when I was in
> the Field Artillery. The helmets were assigned to that self-propelled gun
> and needed to be counted during inventory. We also painted logos on the
> helmets and sometimes put nicknames in them. I have one I happen to bring
> home one day after training. I also got 2 empty shells the supply sergeant
> was throwing in the dumpster.
> Tim W.
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The inside is extremely well padded, and allows a great deal of airflow. This view also begins our tour of the integrated electronics package of this helmet.
Headphones are well padded and recessed to provide acoustic insulation as well as comfort.
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The function of the spring loaded toggle switch is to talk over the mike.
When you pushed it back to the locked position, you can talk only internal
to your crew. When it moved it forward, you can talk on the radio, that is
why it was spring-loaded to the front. There also is a "spaghetti" cord
that plugs into the helmet and into the vehicle CVC box.
I used to love hearing new Privates (and Lieutenants) push the switch to
the front and start cussing over the radio.
This robust, spring loaded clamp holds the cabling in place at the lower rear of the helmet, nice and snug where it won't get entangled within the cramped confines of an AFV.
That's right, a hard outer shell protecting a delicious chocolate center (Marine Corps model has peanut center). Same concept, except M&Ms don't use velcro and the CVC helmet won't melt in your hand or in your mouth.
Although non-ballistic, this shell can take quite a bit of abuse.
As with all other components of this helmet, the shell is extremely well marked.
accession number: MOA hmar 298.78.95
United States Combat Vehicle Crewman's Helmet
Acquired 2007, ebay.
Purchase price :$25.00
Condition: very good
to catch up on the latest regarding the Civil War combat that continues in my garden.