Death prompts changes
THE Australian Defence Force has offered its deepest condolences to the family of soldier Private Jason Challis after it was fined $1m over his “avoidable death”.
In a statement, the ADF said the Australian Army was “shocked and saddened” by the loss in a training exercise in 2017.
“Our people serve in uniform to protect Australians and make great sacrifices to do so,” it said.
“The loss of any member of the army community has a significant impact. When that loss occurs during training, it is felt deeply.”
The ADF said the army had “learnt important lessons” and “remained committed to the safety of our people in training and on operations”.
“Army has implemented a network of Regional LandRange Safety Advisers in Darwin, Townsville, and Brisbane,” it said.
“These advisers provide expert advice to army personnel on all aspects of land range safety.”