Bulford, Great Britain—The two British special forces instructors have been acquitted of negligence over the deaths of three SAS candidates in 2013.

For PERSEC reasons, the two SF instructors were only identified as 1A and 1B. 1A, a captain, was the training officer in command of the march; 1B, a warrant officer, was the exercise’s chief instructor.

“There is no evidence of negligent performance of duty when the actions of these servicemen are compared to what a ‘reasonable’ serviceman would do in such circumstances,” said Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett, the chief judge

The fatal march took place on July 2013 at the notoriously challenging Brecon Beacons mountains in the Welsh countryside.

It was a 16-mile speed march with a 60 pound rucksack plus weapon, radio, and an ammo vest. The total weight neared 100 pounds.

“The two defendants did the best they could with the culture that existed at the time and the lack of training that they had,” added Blackett

Although this verdict exonerates the two SF instructors, it highlights a perhaps unhealthy and needlessly hard mentality in SF selection.

Two of the territorial soldiers, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Lance Corporal Edward Maher, died from heatstroke. The third, Corporal James Dunsby, succumbed to extensive organ failure two weeks later.