a reply to: bastion
They should all have been allowed out on that course. No one should have failed to go home afterward though. All the BSing people in this thread have
come out with, about training for the conditions that one will be fighting in is total rubbish where this is concerned.
The Brecon Beacons are in a TEMPERATE ZONE climate wise, making them unlike any of the places that the SAS is regularly called upon to visit, like
the Middle East for example. The heat alone would not have killed these guys, but the humidity is a different issue.
Besides which, training is not supposed to be like combat. It is supposed to teach you to survive combat, so that you can do more of it. You cannot
train a person to kill. It is either in them to do it, or it is not. You cannot train a person to strike back when struck, it is either in them to do
it, or it is not. You can train a persons body to survive all manner of things but unless the crap has hit the fan, there is no excuse for loss of
life in training, no matter what cap badge one might covet, or which nations military happens to issue it.
The men that died on that exercise should have lived to come back another year, or give it up and take up professional baking, or become artists, or
car mechanics, or what have you. They should not have become corpses, until or unless they were fighting those who have made enemies of our nation.
God knows enough military personnel in this country have had their lives spent on frivolous wars, in theatres which should never have been entered, in
battles which should never have come to pass. These are indignities enough for the armed services.
Those who seek to enter into its highest echelons do have to be staggeringly capable people of course, but we do them no honour to allow them to
perish before they have served for as long, and as well as they humanly could. These men were denied that chance, because the parameters of the
exercise were bent and broken. The men who fell should have been evacuated within minutes of collapse, and I would put it to you that they were not,
precisely because some ignorant tit with lots of scrambled egg on his shoulders thought it wouldn't be an effective exercise if any of the other lads
on the course saw their mates being carted off in helicopters.
There are things worth dying for, but these men did not die for such a cause. They died because others were stupid, had their priorities totally
wrong and had no respect for the people on the course and the value of their lives.