The evolutionary testing and design conducted by SERE over the last 6 years created improved value and interoperability of the CCW. The result served as the foundation to deliver an innovative system that met the needs of the operator and provided for the attainment of new capability levels. As military helmet systems evolved,the amount of head supported mass (HSM) has steadily increased. SERE Industries main purpose was to address the impact of this increased mass, especially NVG usage, and deliver a revolutionary system that matched the helmet fit, improve performance of the soldier, and create a counter balance for load center of gravity (COG) during sustained operations. Our goal improve helmet stability (helmet gliding), neck load, neck pain, hot spots (pressure points), irritation/distraction, muscular fatigue, and overall helmet comfort of military helicopter aircrew and all GCE during night operations. As a result the CCW improved endurance capacity in the neck musculature and reduced self- reported neck pain.
The 1.8 lbs is proportionally transferred evenly throughout the device and its curvature and creates an ergonomic low profile and flush fit that is adjustable for the comfort level of the user. The design correlates to the unique and dynamic variables presented by the mechanics of mass properties which are present in using protective helmets and their various accessories. The design improves balance while the operator is in motion and oscillating during missions. The weight displacement assists in relieving forces placed on the operator’s cervical-spine and muscles based on the masses present which are varied by individual anatomy and body types.
Today, musculoskeletal injuries to the knee and back prompt twice as many medical evacuations from Iraq and Afghanistan as combat injuries, and they’re the number one reason for medical discharge from the U.S. military. For foot soldiers, muscle and bone injuries always have been an occupational hazard. But piling too much weight on soldiers for prolonged periods can intensify the injury cycle, aggravating old muscle tears or cervical strains, and triggering new ones that never heal.