Training Accident Kills Fort Bragg Paratrooper in Georgia (GA)
FORT STEWART, GA- Live5news.com writes that a soldier who was stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg died in a training accident this week in Georgia. Few details were provided regarding the accident that killed the paratrooper.*
In recent years, the military has been the subject of much criticism for the high number of fatal training accidents. Most years, training accidents kill more soldiers than does actual combat. One report states that in 2019, the number of soldiers killed in training accidents was four times the number of military service members killed in combat.
Aviation remains particularly dangerous. Within the past five years, aviation training accidents killed a shocking 133 troops. However, the Air Force is not alone when it comes to deadly accidents, and the Navy and the Marines also lost many soldiers in training incidents.
Some have stated that with 1.3 million active members of the United States military, and 800,000 more people serving in the reserves, the number of people killed in such incidents does not portray an extreme problem. However, with the training accidents occurring with relative regularity, officials are starting to look into the issue.
One likely cause of many problems appears to be the fact that much of the military’s equipment is old, and can therefore lead to more mishaps. The Air Force specifically also could be adding to the risks because the number of flight hours for pilots was cut, meaning that those currently flying can be less experienced than they were in the past.
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One parent of a soldier who died in an aviation accident stated that he saw the plane his son was flying, and that it looked especially old and poorly maintained.