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NS training deaths: Train hard but train safe - striking a balance

When soldiers die during training, the spotlight is put on whether overzealousness in training is compromising safety.

An armoured vehicle commander who died in an overseas exercise after pressing on with a manoeuvre despite a faulty night vision device and without turning on the headlights because he felt they would give away his position to the "enemy".

A platoon that did not seem to have spoken out about insufficient minimum rest-time the night before a fast march that later resulted in the heatstroke death of a full-time national serviceman.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2018, with the headline 'Train hard, yet safe - striking a balance'. Print Edition | Subscribe