Army Officials Terminated Following Deadly Training Accident that Killed Soldier from Bradenton
SARASOTA, FL- Three military officers lost their positions following an accident that tragically killed a young soldier from Bradenton. The victim was stationed in South Korea, and according to an investigation, a staff sergeant and two company-level officers have lost their jobs as a result of the incident.*
The tragic incident led to an inquiry into emergency responses in the military. The response time and the lack of emergency services at the military base were both found to be factors that led to the victim’s death.
The unfortunate reality is that training exercises are the cause of many soldier’s deaths. In fact, more members of the military die in training accidents than in combat. Some government officials are working to hold the military accountable.
Data indicates that from 2006 through 2018, just over sixteen percent of military service members who died were killed in active combat. Nearly one in three service member deaths were caused by accidents. The numbers indicate that not only are accidents more likely to kill service members, but they are nearly two times as likely to be the cause of death.
In 2017, the number of service members killed in trainings was about four times as high as the number of soldiers who died in combat. That year, 80 service members died in training accidents, while just 21 were killed in combat.
While many of the deaths were related to plane crashes, the air force is not the only culprit. The Navy lost seventeen soldiers in crashes. Aircraft training did prove particularly deadly, though, and led to 133 fatalities in a five year period.
Officials are beginning to look at tactics for lowering the number of fatal training accidents and to better protect military service members. Some problems include old equipment and shorter training timelines that are leaving some service members rushing through programs too quickly.
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