Army-wide review into driver training
The New Zealand Army today announced that it would conduct an Army-wide review into driver training. The review will be benchmarked, to ensure that the New Zealand Army is conducting driver training to world-class standards.
Terms of Reference for the review are currently being established and national and international experts may be approached to assist in the review.
Chief of Army, Major General Jerry Mateparae said that the recent number of fatal vehicles accidents involving soldiers is of grave concern.
“We believe it is important to investigate whether there is any commonality between the accidents. Once we complete the review we’ll then be able to determine whether any action is required to ensure we continue to meet New Zealand driving standards and our obligations to members of the New Zealand Army”, he says.
A Court of Inquiry will also be conducted into yesterday’s fatal Unimog accident in Cromwell. One soldier is confirmed dead and two other soldiers are still missing. The New Zealand Police are have continued the search for the missing soldiers and Unimog today.