quote:I don't think you would want a helmet cover in only one color.
The head and shoulders are the most easily recognized feature on a human. This "picture" is deeply ingrained in our minds for various reasons. The profile of the head needs to be broken up by using a disruptive pattern.
Ideally, yes, and the guys in Afghanistan that get to wear a real camouflage pattern should wear a matching cover. I guess I meant that more for guys that couldn't count on their uniform being the same all the time and that aren't currently using helmet covers.
quote:Last deployment we painted our helmets and never wore a cover. I didn't find anything wrong with it nor was I targeted (that I know of) for standing out or being shiny.
I see the covers being used for snipers, recon, etc...but a patrol of 8-15 dudes in the mtns of a-stan...or even in a village or whatever, helmet covers? really?
There's a lot you can get away with in terms of camouflage when you're not trying to hide from anyone. The trend of ditching the helmet cover in favor of velcro and krylon stems from guys who's helmet would have been the last thing to give them away.
We've gotten away from the basics.
If I'm serious about not being seen, I'm probably not wearing a helmet--or the godawful ACU pattern. But there's no reason to knowingly violate principles of camouflage on a dismounted patrol, especially when there's an easy fix. Shine on any object will be seen before its color.