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Hello everyone. Here are some photos of my personal Multicam ACH helmet. It hasn't been cleaned or taken apart yet. It is still covered in dirt, grease, and oil. I'd say it's pretty salty. I came here to ask some advice. My RFI turn in date is coming up soon and i am on the fence about keeping it or turning it in. My question is does anyone see these becoming collectable at all like ww2- vietnam helmets? Although i do have some modern helmet, for me modern stuff doesn't have such a huge interest to me like steel helmets do. I also don't want to have to pay for another one or take a statement of charges for it. But again i am on the fence because i used it and one day it might be collectable. Any input guys?

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Keep it! Buy another from surplus store or ebay for turn in. In fact OEF & OIF stuff is already collectible.

 

 

AND DON'T WASH IT.... Unlike to WWII collectors, Ox2 collectors like myself like to buy salty stuff as if they just came back from the sandbox.

ALWAYS ON A LOOK-OUT FOR OEF/OIF ITEMS.

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Fully concur with Mercenary25. On the collector side your helmet is highly collectible with all the bells and whistles (patches, SureFire, named, etc.). On the personnel side there are a few things I regret turning in or dropping off at Goodwill after I retired. I'm afraid you would feel the same way if you turn it in.

Semper Fi

Jeff

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KEEP IT AND PASS IT ON TO YOUR KIDS. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

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I kept all of my 782 gear I was issued including my helmet and flak jacket. At the time I had little interest in it since it was "modern gear" but trust me, 5 years later you'll appreciate all of it and wish you kept more.

 

All of my 782 gear was stolen when thieves broke into a locked container. I have since replaced all of it (again) and am still hoping one day my original gear turns up somewhere. If I could chose to get just one thing back it would be my helmet. It's in every picture I ever took of myself and when with me everywhere. Since most guys now days don't keep their stuff and gear gets recycled for the next guy or DRMOed out, decades later our gear and groupings will be really rare and our kids will be glad we kept it.

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I would definitely keep it if it was mine - in fact, I did keep mine! But if you don't want to pay for it I'll be happy to send you one for turn-in and pay your postage to send it to me. I don't have an original multicam helmet set in my collection.

Looking for older Virginia Military Institute items: insignia, uniforms, cadet sabers, documents, and groupings belonging to VMI alumni.

Also interested in Virginia Reserve Militia (VRM) uniforms and insignia, or other items of general Virginia interest.

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By all means keep it, do not clean it, and try to protect it (in a box, helmet display case, etc.). You will NOT regret keeping it. I'd further recommend avoiding the temptation to ever sell it. There are only a few durable reminders of one's service and a helmet is perhaps the best.

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Like the others have said, find a replacement and keep your own helmet. I have talked to many veterans who have truly regretted turning their personal helmet back in.

Always looking for US and foreign militaria from the Central American wars circa 1970-1990

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I would keep it along with a combat worn uniform and boots.Put it away for your kids or show and tell when your sitting in the rocking chair.

Put a copy of your discharge in with it and any other interesting bits. You will be happy you did.

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Keep it! Put it away just as it is. I would give almost anything now to have the helmet I wore.......

Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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I agree with what the others have said. Keep it in a box for the future...OOORRR box it up and send it to me, I will hang on to it for you :dry: This is me being a smarty boots. Yes do keep it for your kids. I am the youngest of seven and all my Dad's stuff is pretty much gone.

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I'm late getting in the party here, but I'd keep it if I could. One of my prized possessions is my Dad's M1917A1 he sent home when he was issued his M1. Besides that, as a very young collector, I passed up on chances to pick up Viet Nam era stuff when it was all over the place. Goodness knows what it would be worth today. I'm guessing the same will happen with more modern stuff in the future.

Mikie

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Even if you are not sure now, think a head 5 years to when you really wish you had kept it... It is after all unique in the most personal way.

 

Go on Ebay, spend $150 on another helmet and turn that one in...

Crapgame: His name is Kelly. Used to be a Lieutenant, pretty good one too-

until someone gave him orders to attack the wrong hill. Wiped out half a company of GI's...

Somebody had to get the blame so he got picked....

Oddball (Laughing): Oh man, I don't like officers...

Crapgame (Laughing): Neither does he, so relax!

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