They've never believed that their daughter killed herself and now her parents say they're a step closer to learning the truth.
Private Cheryl James was one of four young recruits found shot dead at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey, between 1995 and 2002.
The families have never accepted that they committed suicide.
Now the Government's Chief legal adviser has given Des and Doreen James permission to apply for a new inquest into Cheryl's death. Rachel Hepworth reports
The parents of a soldier who was found dead at her barracks in Surrey nearly twenty years ago, have welcomed a decision to allow them to apply for a fresh inquest into her death.
Private Cheryl James who was eighteen was found with a bullet wound to her head at Deepcut Barracks in 1995. The original inquest recorded an open verdict. Liberty, which is acting on behalf of Cheryl's family, has secured access to documents held by the authorities.
ITV News spoke to Cheryl's father Des James about the decision.
The father of Private Cheryl James who died at Deepcut barracks, hopes his daughters death will be fully investigated if a new inquest takes place.
Des James says they may never know what happened to his daughter but her death must be investigated further.
Pte James was found dead after an apparent suicide in 1995. She was one of four soldiers who died at the barracks between 1995 and 2002.
The solicitor acting on behalf of the family, Emma Norton, says there is no guarantee that another inquest will take place.
Private James Collinson
Aged 17, from Perth, Scotland. Pte Collinson was found with a single gunshot wound through his chin in March 2002.
Private Cheryl James
Age 18, from Llangollen, north Wales. Pte James was found dead with a bullet through her forehead, in November 1995.
Private Sean Benton
Aged 20, from Hastings in East Sussex. Pte Benton was found dead with five gunshot wounds while on guard in June 1995.
Private Geoff Gray
Aged 17, from Seaham in County Durham. Pte Gray was found dead with two gunshot wounds to his head while on guard duty in September 2001.
The family of Cheryl James say they are relieved at the Attorney General's decision to allow them permission to apply for a fresh inquest into the death of their daughter.
Pte James was one of four soldiers who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002.
A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Private Cheryl James.
"This decision is a matter for the Attorney General and the courts. "If a new inquest is ordered, we will of course provide support to the coroner when needed."
Private James' parents, backed by Human Rights campaign group Liberty, called for a fresh inquest into her death, lodging an application with the Attorney General for consent to apply to the High Court for one.
Today a spokesman for Dominic Grieve said he had granted his consent.
The spokesman said:
An application for a new inquest into the death of an army recruit at Deepcut Barracks has been granted by the Attorney General.
He has given consent for Liberty, acting on behalf of the family of Cheryl James, to apply to the High Court. Cheryl died in 1995, aged 18.
She was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks when she was found dead with a bullet wound between her eye and nose.
Liberty, which represents Cheryl’s parents Des and Doreen James, applied for a new inquest after using the Human Rights Act to access to documents about her death.
An "open" verdict was recorded at the original inquest.
The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young Army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks to apply for a fresh inquest into her death.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has granted Private Cheryl James' family consent to apply to the High Court for a new inquest into her death, nearly a decade after it happened.
Pte James, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks when she was found with gunshot wounds in November 1995.
She was one of four young soldiers who died at the barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002, sparking allegations of bullying and abuse.