Elastic tethering with a two piece quick release system is what makes the NOD Retention Lanyard work. It's a simple idea based on field experience. 

On the helmet, a webbing component woven through slots in the NOD bracket positions the female buckle.

Tethered to the AN/PVS-14A with adjustable elastic cord is the male buckle.

Using the NOD Retention Lanyard is easy. Don your optic, clip the lanyard together and get on with the mission. 



  • ITW Nexus GTSP Cordloc
  • ITW Nexus 3/4" GTSR Latch
  • ITW Nexus 3/4" GTSR Body, Slotted (x2)
  • Webbing Component
  • Shock Cord

Quick Start:

  1. Having removed the NOD bracket from the helmet:
  2. Separate the 3/4” GTSR Body from the webbing component. The buckle is slotted to facilitate removal. Pliers will help to manipulate the webbing.
  3. Weave the webbing component through the two slots on the NOD bracket. Start with the lower one, inserting back to front, then reverse direction and feed it through the top.
  4. Slot the 3/4” GTSR Body back onto the protruding loop. Pliers will help to manipulate the webbing.
  5. With the AN/PVS-14A in hand:
  6. Slide the GTSP Cordloc and 3/4” GTSR Latch off the cord.
  7. Locate the two lanyard holes under the AN/PVS-14A control knob.
  8. Insert the cord into the right side lanyard hole on the AN/PVS-14A.
  9. Slide the 3/4” GTSR Latch onto the cord passing it through the holes in the sides of the frame.
  10. Push the cord through the remaining lanyard hole in the AN/PVS-14A working it through in the opposite direction. Pliers will help manipulate the cord.
  11. Install the GTSP Cordloc onto the running end of the cord.

The two component assemblies of the NOD Retention Lanyard are the Helmet Plate Anchor and the AN/PVS-14A Tether. The lanyard has been packaged and shipped pre-assembled to give the user an idea how the components fit together. You will have to take them apart prior to installation. 

A screw driver and needle nose pliers are necessary to install the NOD Retention Lanyard. 

Installing the Helmet Plate Anchor

The function of the Helmet Plate Anchor is to position an ITW Nexus 3/4” GTSR Buckle Body unobtrusively on the helmet as a fixed attachment point into which the AN/PVS-14A will clip in.      

The 3/4” GTSR Body is attached to the looped end of the webbing component, the other side is folded and stitched down. 

The buckle has a bar with a gap cut into it so that it will slot onto webbing.      

Start by removing the 3/4” GTSR Body from the webbing component. Needle nose pliers will help.      

Starting with one side, lift the edge of the webbing with pliers and push towards the gap at the center of the bar, then work it free.

Separated from the buckle, the webbing component may now be installed onto the NOD bracket. 

Locate the two 3/4” oval slots at the top of the NOD bracket.  

Pull the webbing component into the lower slot, back to front. Lead with the looped end (buckle side.)    

Now reverse direction and weave the webbing component back through the upper slot so that the looped end clears the top and protrudes through the back of the bracket. 

Pulled evenly through, the webbing component is ready for the buckle to be reattached. 

Install the 3/4" GTSR Body by slotting one side onto the webbing, then use pliers to lift the other edge and work it through the gap.     

Upon assembly, the buckle will be securely affixed to the mounting bracket and protrude from the top against the helmet.

Installing The AN/PVS-14A Tether

The function of the AN/PVS-14A Tether is to support an ITW Nexus 3/4” GTSR Buckle Latch on a length of elastic cord attached directly to the AN/PVS-14A; it stretches to clip into the buckle on the NOD bracket. An ITW Nexus GTSP Cordloc allows for adjustment of cord length and tension.  

The AN/PVS-14A Tether consists of a 3/4” GTSR Latch and GTSP Cordloc on a short length of shock cord with a knotted end.    

Separate the assembly into it’s component parts by sliding the 3/4” GTSR Latch and GTSP Cordloc off the cord. Note the running end of the cord has been chisel cut and sealed to make it easier to fit through holes.     

Locate the two lanyard holes in the AN/PVS-14A housing, aft of the battery compartment, just under the control knob. 

Feed the cord into the right side hole. Work it from the outside in until the knotted end prevents further movement.   

Slide the 3/4” GTSR Latch onto the cord, inserting it in one side, out the other through the holes in the frame.       

Locate the adjacent, second lanyard hole under the control knob on the AN/PVS-14A. 

Push the cord through the open hole in the opposite direction, working from the inside out. Needle nose pliers will be necessary.

Install the GTSP Cordloc onto the running end of the cord.  

Using the Dummy Cord Clip (optional, sold separately)

The accessory Dummy Cord Clip uses an ITW Nexus Split Bar Triglide to attach a 3/4" GTSR Body onto MOLLE webbing providing a secure, secondary point of attachment when the AN/PVS-14A is stowed.                                                                                                                                                     

Slot the Split Bar Triglide onto a row of MOLLE webbing, then run the tether from the pouch and clip in. With the AN/PVS-14A secured in the pouch and positively connected to the low profile Dummy Cord Clip you can maneuver with one less thing to worry about.                  

For those that need it, the Dummy Cord Clip creates consistency that transitions with the AN/PVS-14A from helmet to pouch and back again.   

Repairs & Problem Solving

The NOD Retention Lanyard has an unconditional warranty. It's a proven design, well constructed and will hold up in the field. That said, no one that's humped a mile in your boots speaks in absolutes. Regardless of the piece of gear, stuff happens in the field. We have designed accordingly.

The NOD Retention Lanyard is built for infantry work and is carried to places where a great warranty is a small comfort when a working solution is required before you step outside the wire.

A simple design with interchangeable components matters. Less parts means less that can break or go wrong and fosters easy field expedient repairs should the need arise. Fortunately, there's not much to it. 

  • In the event the 3/4" GTSR Body on the helmet is damaged: every unit ships with a spare. This buckle is the single most critical and vulnerable component in the system. Safeguard your extras.
  • In the event the shock cord becomes unusable: it can be substituted with readily available 550 para-cord. While it will not have the benefit of elastic tension, the system remains serviceable with the critical tethering concept, positive locking and quick disconnect features remaining intact.
  • In the event the GTSP Cordloc is damaged or lost: the cord can be adjusted to length, then secured with an overhand. Once set, elastic tension does the work of length and tension adjustment.

Regardless of where your mission takes you or what the issue, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance, we are here to support.



The NOD Retention Lanyard is made entirely in the USA, uses ITW Nexus hardware, Texcel solution dyed webbing, military specification thread and construction methods that will more than keep up with you in the field.