NPR reports that three soldiers have been killed in a training accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia. The accident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday at Fort Stewart. Soldiers were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle when the vehicle flipped over and rolled into water at about 3:20 a.m.
The three soldiers who were killed were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Three soldiers who were injured were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital. Two of those soldiers were released the same day. A third was transferred to Memorial Health University Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening.
All six of the soldiers were part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. The team has been nicknamed “Dogface.”
The 3rd Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center are all investigating the incident. The names of the soldiers have not been released pending notification of the next-of-kin.
This is not the first time that a Bradley Fighting Vehicle has been involved in the death of a soldier. Last month, a soldier at Fort Hood died while he was performing maintenance on one of the vehicles. Another was killed in January when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was riding on rolled over.
Depending upon which branch of service a person joins, basic training can last from 8 weeks to 13 weeks. After basic training comes training in a person’s military operational specialty (MOS), which can last anywhere from a few months to several months. After this specialized training, soldiers may be sent for additional training or may be deployed. Either way, soldiers often must take part in training exercises at the base they are employed at. While this training is necessary to having prepared soldiers that are ready to answer any threat, it kills more soldiers than soldiers die while in combat.
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