According to the Department of Defense, 5,605 service members were killed in training accidents from 2006 to 2020. This data represents 32% of all reported active-duty military deaths for that period. It also reveals that deaths in training accidents are at twice the rate than those who have died in combat over the last decade and a half. It was noted that certain accidents are preventable if systemic issues were identified and given attention. GAO is now working to understand the trend to mitigate training accidents.