What happened to them? For the life of me I can't seem to figure out when helmet covers began to suck and painted helmets became the norm...
I'm in a unit where painted helmets are approved, but will always use a cover (especially MC or another working pattern). Covers tend to soften edges and reduce any glare, while painted helmets (while looking cool) seem to do neither. And yet every outfit I meet who can get away with it, for some reason, always seems to go with the lesser choice. I know CDI factor is important, but I almost refuse to believe that such a shallow reason is so rampant. Almost.
I had a Batt Boy tell me at a school last summer that his unit was having great luck at night in Afghan with the dark grey paint scheme he was using. From 15 feet away, it looked like a solid black dot, and frankly had not one ounce of camouflage capability. But damn did it look badass., very "Punisher-esque". I also wanted to ask him if Afghan night was so different than Iraqi night, or even Georgia night, that it warranted it's own paint scheme, but I bit my tongue.
So school me. Am I missing something here?