While yesterday's Sunday Times was reporting 'MoD hides injury toll of Taliban bombs', the Independent took a different tack with: One-third of deaths in Britain's military caused by accidents Not that surprising. Sadly, many of us will recall individual deaths in service which we knew about at the time and which must be included in those 10-year statistics. But I was surprised to read that according to the story, despite the H&S culture the figures had actually got worse: It is not stated by what measure or what was the comparison period. I assume that the deaths attributable to H&S failures include accidental deaths in the course of operations. Risks which may not be justified in the course of normal training or peacetime activities may well be justified during or in preparation for operations. A "footnote" from the story: I think there was previous media coverage of an above-average incidence of non-freezing cold injury during initial training amongst soldiers recruited from the Commonwealth. Statistics from US forces suggested however that the determining factor was not racial, but whether or not the trainee had previously lived in a warm climate. Either way, while usually not to be compared with more catastrophic injuries, non-freezing cold injury can be career ending for an infantry soldier.