Two years after the Marine Corps started issuing a lighter, improved Enhanced Combat Helmet to deploying troops, the service is beginning a process to get the helmet into the hands of every Marine.
The service published a pre-solicitation notice this summer for up to 84,376 helmets. The service has already fielded 77,000 of the helmets, beginning in 2014.
There’s just one catch.
“We don’t have any funding right now,” Charles Bell, product manager for infantry combat equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command, told Military.com in an interview.
Bell said the Marine Corps submitted a request to Congress for $22 million in Fiscal 2017 to purchase the helmets. The request appears as a line item on the service’s $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list, a wish list of projects, programs and equipment beyond what appears in the president’s budget request…”