Investigation into Nicholas Kahotea‘s death
Zachary Christopher Yarwood, 23, died after an incident during an advanced diving course in Devonport in March.
Singaporean soldier Aloysius Pang was crushed between the barrel of an artillery gun and the cabin he was in during a training exercise at Waiouru in January
Former SAS soldier David Moloney said there were inevitably risks during military training exercises, but it was crucial for soldiers to be exposed to the sorts of conditions they may face during combat or other high-pressure situations.
"They will get placed in positions where it will be quite dangerous and you need to be able to react quickly and effectively.
"You know, if you haven't been shot at before, it may be difficult for you. It's to make it as realistic as possible so you'll be as effective as possible when it happens."
Mr Moloney said the tragedy would have hit Lance Corporal Kahotea's fellow troops hard.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Hassall said police were called at 10pm on Wednesday to investigate the sudden death on behalf of the Coroner.
WorkSafe New Zealand was also informed about the death.
The NZDF confirmed it would hold a Court of Inquiry.