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Calls for military training recommendations to be brought in early following soldier death

Recommendations to improve accountability over military training should be introduced early following the death of an infantry soldier in the Brecon Beacons, an MP has insisted.

Credit: Facebook/Josh Hoole

Josh Hoole, from Ecclefechan near Lockerbie in Scotland, died in Brecon during a training exercise on Tuesday, the hottest day of the year so far.

His death came just weeks after the Defence Select Committee published a report into fatalities in military training which found the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not always got the correct balance between adequate training and reducing the risk of death.

It also found that previous deaths could have been avoided if the risk assessment process had been followed correctly.

Jim Shannon, a member of the Defence Select Committee, called on the Government to speed up the implementation of the committee's recommendations.

The Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington said concerns will be reported to the Minister of the Armed forces but while the police investigation and service inquiry is taking place, it would be wrong to speculate.

The death of this young soldier was a tragedy and I think that the thoughts of everybody in the House, the sympathies of everybody in the House, are with that young man's family, friends and colleagues at what must be a difficult time for them. "There is both a civilian police investigation and a service inquiry taking place into this tragedy and I think it will clearly be wrong for me to speculate about lessons to be learned until we know the outcome of those reports."

– David Lidington MP, Commons Leader

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