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Mistakenly using live ammunition in training: Is this becoming a trend?

Here’s another(!) one: Japanese troops fired 79 live rounds at each other in training the other day.

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Here’s another(!) one: Japanese troops fired 79 live rounds at each other in training the other day. Fortunately, they apparently needed the training so much that no one got hit.

The rule of journalism is that you need three examples to make a trend. So I expect another such incident soon.

In another unhappy trend, more retired Navy officers were indicted in the Fat Leonard case. Is there a precedent for such a long-running investigation busting so many relatively senior officers, from captains to admirals?

Here’s another(!) one: Japanese troops fired 79 live rounds at each other in training the other day. Fortunately, they apparently needed the training so much that no one got hit.

The rule of journalism is that you need three examples to make a trend. So I expect another such incident soon.

In another unhappy trend, more retired Navy officers were indicted in the Fat Leonard case. Is there a precedent for such a long-running investigation busting so many relatively senior officers, from captains to admirals?

Finally, a farewell to Commander Bond  James Bond.

(HT to LK)

Photo credit: Okinawa Soba/Flickr

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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