Female army recruit dies in training


A female Army recruit has died during training in Pirbright, Surrey.

“The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time,” an Army spokesman said.

“We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss.”

Recruits are sent to the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright, near Aldershot and Guildford, shortly after their initial selection.

Sky’s defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the unidentified recruit’s family have been informed of her death.

“Apparently she collapsed during a training session,” he said.

Pirbright provides initial training for recruits joining the Army Air Corps, Army Medical Services, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Corps of Royal Engineers, Corps of Army Music, Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Logistic Corps, Adjutant General’s Corps and Intelligence Corps.

The site had accommodation for recruits, as well as classrooms, a gym, a swimming pool and medical facilities.

Earlier this year the Army apologised after it was criticised by a coroner over the deaths of three Army reservists on an SAS test march in the Brecon Beacons.

Lance Corporals Craig Roberts and Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby died after the march on 13 July 2013.

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