As a United States Marine myself, I find it tragic that we have lost our fellow Marines and Sailors in training accidents. My heart goes out to their families and to all of our Brothers and Sisters in arms who serve and have served in the ranks.
But know this, we understand that we put it all on the line for the defense of this great country and the preservation of freedom. It's our calling, it's what we were born to do. If anyone doesn't understand that, they will never understand what kind of people we are. Conflicts happen and combatants die, so training for combat realistically also has risks. Holding this Marine Officer responsible, to the point of ruining his career and depriving future Marines of his leadership is a crime in itself. He didn't reach his position by faking it, he earned it as all of our senior officers have.
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