Marine Corps Training:

Circumstances Surrounding the Death of a Marine and Resulting Actions

NSIAD-92-211: Published: Aug 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the death of a Marine Corps member, focusing on: (1) the events leading up to the member's death; and (2) the subsequent investigations and actions taken by the Marine Corps as a result of the incident.

GAO found that: (1) the member drowned while engaging in a training exercise in Panama during October 1989; (2) a Judge Advocate General investigative report recommended that disciplinary actions be taken against four Marines involved in the death; (3) the officer in charge of the deceased's detail received an adverse fitness report and was transferred, but none of the Marines were charged with an offense or received any disciplinary action; and (4) the Marine Corps reviewed the investigative file and determined that no specific recommendations for safety improvements were warranted.

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