The Army's 1st Cavalry Division has ordered changes to its driver training program and is kicking two company-level officers and a staff sergeant out of the Army as the result of an investigation into a deadly Bradley fighting vehicle accident in Korea last year.
Spc. Nicholas Panipinto was killed when the right-hand side tread of the M2A3 Bradley came off and caused the massive vehicle to roll over during a Nov. 6, 2019 road test at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Before the road test, Panipinto had received only six hours of hands-on driver training and no classroom instruction.
Current Army regulations require three days of classroom instruction and two days of hands-on driving experience, with an instructor, before military personnel are given licenses to drive Bradleys.
Specialist, one of the junior enlisted ranks in the U.S. Army, ranked above Private First Class (E-3).
Though holding the same pay grade as the Corporal (E-4), the Specialist is not considered an NCO.