Opinion – Tragic legacy of deaths in training

Battlefield deaths are sadly inevitable, perhaps acceptable, but usually explicable. They come with the turf. They always affect those who were there and have a profound, lingering effect on next of kin, family and friends.

Deaths during military training are an entirely different matter, particularly when described as “accidents”. There is no such thing as an accident. There is either an unsafe condition or an unsafe act or a combination of both.