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Soldier Fails Grenade Range, Dies

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI — A soldier with the 25th Infantry Division was unable to pass the grenade range qualification Thursday, receiving an unqualified grade of dead, sources confirmed.

Private Ian McNeill, 18, of San Marcos, California, threw the grenade into the pit wall where it bounced back and hit him in the face, knocking him unconscious. Fortunately, the temporary pain of the 14 oz Composition B-filled grenade hitting his nose was relieved when it exploded and killed him.

“In order to pass the grenade range, you need to be not dead,” said Capt. Alvin Miner, an Army spokesman. “Unfortunately, his failing score means he will not be able to receive a qualification badge for grenades.”

Instructors near the pit where the grenade exploded told reporters they were saddened that McNeill was unable to pass the course.

“When a Private receives a score of dead, it reflects poorly on the entire unit,” said Sgt. William Austin. “We try our best to teach these soldiers that they need to prep the grenade properly, throw it accurately, and not have it explode in their face.”

At press time, McNeill was given a negative counseling for being unable to qualify at the grenade range and charged with destruction of U.S. government property.

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Jarod Mallery
Listen I’ve been there done that got the tshirt. The problem when all these young mama’s boy does this he gets scared and pulls the pin but does not have a firm grip on the spoon but if you relieve pressure you start (cooking the grenade ) if you do that you virtually have seconds to live like 6 seconds. Back in 05 when I went through boot camp a kid did the same thing cooked the grenade luckily for him he lived thanks to a very attention to detail drill sergeant we had. The private was fine the drill… Read more »
Bill Black

Definetly —gay! Throw like a woman-pay the conquesences! How the hell do ya hit the –pit—wall?

Rich Butela

Reminds me of the guy in our unit that failed the water survival test

Scott Robinett

wow, I thought you folks were grading on a curve.

Walt Stachowicz

And do the instructors in the pits get hazardous duty pay for dealing with these incompetents? IRTTIS, but I saw enough stupidity in infantry training to realize that this is a real hazard for the staff.


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