Nine U.S. Army soldiers based on Oahu have been hospitalized for signs of heat exhaustion.
Eight of the nine soldiers were cleared for release. The ninth soldiers is stable and being treated.
Army Maj. David Bolender says the soldiers were participating in an exercise at Schofield Barracks on Friday when they began suffering from what appeared to be signs of heat exhaustion.
An Army press release says the soldiers were on a 12-mile foot march at the East Range Training Area as part of the qualification testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge.
Paramedics transported the soldiers at around 10 a.m. Six soldiers were taken to Tripler Army Medical Center by ambulance; three were taken to Wahiawa General Hospital, also by ambulance.
The coveted Expert Infantryman Badge is a U.S. Army Badge that infantry soldiers are presented with and wear on their uniform after successfully completing specified requirements such as rifle marksmanship, basic first aid, map reading and a 12-mile foot march.