ANOTHER report into Deepcut Barracks has highlighted poor assessment of basic skills and unacceptable accommodation at the controversial camp.
The findings of the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) come just a week after a report which suggested significant changes to eradicate bullying in the armed forces.
Four soldiers died at the barracks, all declared suicide by the Ministry of Defence, between 1995 and 2002. Private Cheryl James of Llangollen was the second to die, in November 1995.
In the report, which focuses on the Princess Royal and St Omer Barracks in the Deepcut Garrison in Surrey, the ALI says that complaints and issues of equality are still not adequately dealt with.
The inspections were carried out in November and December 2004 and surprise inspections carried out at the end of January this year.
'Some recruits have little or no confidence in the chain of command,' it said.
'A zero tolerance approach to bullying is strongly promoted but staff have not had enough recent training to enable them to recognise bullying and harassment or work within current legislation.
'The clear procedures for dealing with bullying are not always followed, instead lower-ranked staff are encouraged to solve problems, often making bad decisions and not recording them properly.
'There are no formal arrangements to assess recruits' literacy and numeracy skills so soldiers whose vocational qualification does not include these skills are less well served than those who do.
'Accommodation is unacceptable but work is under way to remedy that and the practice of putting two young recruits together on guard duty, something we found inappropriate, is also being changed.
'Our inspections have been well received and change is beginning.'
But Cheryl's father Des James says the stream of reports is pointless until there is a public inquiry into the four deaths at Deepcut.
'These reports claim to be solving the problems at Deepcut and within the MoD,' said Mr James.
'But how can they solve problems which have not been identified yet? We do not know what happened at Deepcut that led to my daughter and those other soldiers losing their lives and until we have a public inquiry in order to identify the problem we cannot solve it.
'For the Government to go to such lengths to avoid a public inquiry, the only assumption is that they must be hiding something big.'