Twenty pounds ago, when I was a young *cough* "leg" and attending the Basic Airborne Course, we lost a soldier in my squad - Specialist Campbell. He died of heat stroke during an early morning run. He died right in front of me - fell out of the run at the 3 mile mark. I remember one of the Black Hats yelling at me to get back in formation or I might be ejected from the course. Medics descended on Campbell so I got back into formation and continued the run.
Four hours later, we were told that he had died. At first, it was determined that severe dehydration caused him to have the stroke. But later, we learned that there had been a problem with his lungs.
That was the first training fatality that I witnessed. It was not the last.
Jarhead over at Red State Rant has an interesting post about the Marine recruit who drowned during training at Parris Island. It's not a cold-hearted post, but it is a window into the military world and the Marine recruit training in particular. We don't train our Marines and Soldiers to crochet sweaters. They are trained to close with the enemy and kill them, and there are inherent risks in that training. As much as we try to mitigate those risks, training for war is serious and (can be) dangerous business.
Why do we need Warriors ready to close with the enemy and kill them? Russ Vaughn has a new poem up at American Thinker on the subject of the benefits of War and having Warriors in response to those who claim that war never solved anything.