An infantry soldier in the Rifles Regiment was on a pre-training course in the Brecon Beacons when he died, according to an Army spokesperson.
The unnamed soldier reportedly succumbed to heat-related injuries, three years after three SAS hopefuls died of heat exhaustion on the same Welsh mountains.
Captain Doug Beattie, who has taken the course and run pre-courses, said:
“It needs to be demanding and I don’t think there should be any call that it shouldn’t be demanding, I don’t think anybody would want that.
But being a demanding exercise does not mean that you do not do your risk assessments and take all precautions so that people don’t get injured in doing that.
We cannot speculate in this case and need to wait and see what the cause was.”
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said the MoD will carry out a “full investigation” into the death of a soldier who died on an exercise in the Brecon Beacons on the hottest day of the year.
The MP told the House that she wanted to express her sorrow at the “very sad death” and to “make the commitment that the Ministry of Defence will, of course, be undertaking a full investigation and will share that with the committee”.
In July 2013, Cpl James Dunsby and L/Cpls Edward Maher and Craig Roberts died after an SAS march on the Brecon Beacons in significant heat. At their inquest, the MoD was criticised over the way the heat had been managed but the government promised lessons had been learned.