Army sergeant shot dead by short-sighted soldier during training exercise

It added that, without glasses, Guardsman 1 would need to be three times closer to see in the same detail as a “normally sighted person” using both eyes and six times closer with just the right eye.

“Gdsm 1 was not wearing his corrective lenses and so his binocular vision would have seen Sgt Hillier, who was 143m away, in the same level of detail as someone with normal vision would have seen him at 429m.

“With their right eye (the eye used to aim and fire the rifle) this would have increased to 858m.”

List of recommendations

The report found 14 contributing factors to Sgt Hillier’s death and issued 20 recommendations to prevent a similar incident occurring.

A spokeswoman for the army said: “Our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends of Sergeant Gavin Hillier at this sad time.

“We are supporting the ongoing investigation into the incident which is being led by Dyfed-Powys Police so it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Sgt Hillier, who was a veteran of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, had a wife and two sons.

Following his death, they said: “We are absolutely heartbroken and can’t express how proud we are of you.

“Our boys will continue to make you proud and you will forever live on through them.

“Daddy, we are not ready to say goodbye just yet so until we meet again, we love you always. Love, your heartbroken wife and boys.”

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