Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:54 am
The armed forces as a whole are struggling with what is and isn’t an acceptable risk these days. Money (thus training time) is very tight, and the limits of training/recency are being discovered the hard way. The US military are discovering the same thing - incident rates are higher pretty much across the board. The services are to some extent a prisoner of their attitude and ethos in that they will always try to get the task done with what’s available.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to assign responsibility away from the sharp end, and despite the offence of corporate manslaughter created after the Herald of Free Enterprise our legal system still focuses on those left holding the parcel when the music stops. A good example of this tendency in the civilian world (without getting into matters sub judice) is that Andy Hill is the only person facing any charges after the Shoreham accident despite all the evidence of systemic flaws. The military system also creates perverse incentives, with individuals in key posts for 2-3 years, with career prospects based on their performance in delivering capability. From what friends intimately involved day, things haven’t changed as much as they should post Haddon-Cave.
I work for the company, but hey, don't let that fool you. I'm really an OK guy...