An Australian soldier has died during a training exercise in the Northern Territory less than a week after a 21-year-old was killed during army training in Queensland.
The ADF said the incident happened at about 12:45pm at Mount Bundey military live-fire training facility.
He was flown to hospital but couldn't be saved.
'It is a deep shock to the organisation and will be felt by the broader Army family, ' it said.
He was hit by a tree branch near Rockhampton.
'The Army has instigated a suspension of training activities across its combat brigades to review risk assessment processes and training safety management. "He received immediate first aid at the scene and was transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment", the Defence statement said.
"Defence will not be releasing any information relating to the soldier's personal or service history at this time".
Pte Challis' death is being investigated by Northern Territory Police with assistance from the Australian Defence Force.
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"Our handsome boy has gone".
It is the second death of an Australian soldier during a military training exercise within the space of a week.
Australian soldiers during a live-fire training exercise at Mount Bundey.
"Mate you will be missed". His cheekiness and loving ways will stay with us forever.
Labor has also extended its sympathies to the solider's family and friends with the shadow defence minister, Richard Marles, and the shadow defence personnel minister, Amanda Rishworth, saying in a statement: "There can be no sadder or more hard day".
Northern Territory Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
The soldier's next of kin have been notified and an Army spokesman said they were being offered every support.
Army chief, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, sent a letter to all commanders on Thursday expressing his "deep concern" about the deaths.
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