Fort Polk Soldier from “cursed unit” shot while training for Expert Infantryman Badge

Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conduct training in preparation for Expert Infantryman's Badge testing. (Photo by Chuck Cannon, Fort Polk Public Affairs Office)

A Fort Polk Soldier from the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade was accidentally shot while conducting training for an upcoming Expert Infantryman Badge event.

The soldier was shot on Friday afternoon during marksmanship at the Louisiana-based installation, according to a statement provided to the Army Times.

As of Sunday morning, the soldier is reported to be in stable condition. The incident is under investigation.

Fort Polk’s 3rd Brigade has been the subject of much controversy in recent memory, ranging from a soldier being caught trying to dispose of his wife’s dead body to a friendly-fire incident in Iraq last year.

Some in the unit have claimed the organization is “cursed” with both poor luck and a poor command climate.

“It really is cursed,” one soldier said on condition of anonymity.

“Honestly, I’ve never been in a unit with such frequent incidents,” said another soldier, who was recently re-assigned to another unit. “It was a mixture of poor leadership and low morale, really.”

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