Eleven soldiers were hospitalized after drinking a drink that they dared for alcohol in a training exercise in a Texas Army base on Thursday, officials said.
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As of Friday, two of the soldiers recorded in critical illness have improved but remain severely ill in the intensive care unit,'' Payne said. From Saturday afternoon, five soldiers were set to be published in the healthcare ward,'' officials said. "We all continue to acquire improved wellbeing," that the 1st Armored Division tweeted.
The incident happened on the last afternoon of a 10-day field training exercise on Fort Bliss' McGregor Range complicated. The soldiers believed they had been drinking an alcoholic drink, Payne said.
The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command is exploring the way the soldiers arrived to ingest the material and if there ought to be any disciplinary action,'' Payne said.
The Fort Bliss' 1st Armored Division originally stated the soldiers became ill after eating an"unidentified substance," based on some announcement published Thursday. Within an upgrade Friday morningofficials explained the material as"obtained out of food distribution distribution stations."
"The conditions of how the Soldiers consumed the material are under evaluation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC). There's absolutely no reason to think there's a danger to the larger Fort Bliss community," Fort Bliss' 1st Armored Division said in a statement Friday night. "The Fort Bliss senior commander has also led an administrative evaluation to ascertain the facts and conditions that resulted in yesterday's events"
The 1st Armored Division -- also called"Old Ironsides"-- is now a renowned armored division, comprising roughly 17,000 highly trained soldiers, according to the Army's site .