U.S. Navy Seal Team Ordered Home
When we think of the United States Navy Seals, we think of the best of the best. Sometimes even the best can find themselves in quite a bit of trouble. This kind of trouble is not the war kind either. It is the kind of trouble one would expect to hear from a teenager who was curious about drinking and getting caught or a person who just decided to play hooky from work and go get drunk. The U.S. Navy Seals team were sent home from fighting off ISIS groups for alleged misbehavior. The proper military term is “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline.” The military commander in charge of the team “lost confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”
Wednesday, the U.S. Special Operations Command put out a statement, “The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (in Iraq) ordered the early redeployment of a SEAL Team platoon to San Diego due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods. The Commander lost confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”
A U.S. Defense Department official who knew about the situation told reporters, “The unusual step of sending the team home was due to allegations regarding the consumption of alcohol during their downtime, which is a violation of general orders issued to troops participating in overseas campaigns.” The official also stated it was alledged and “there is no evidence the alcohol consumption happened on missions and there is no evidence of drug use.” An investigation team is currently working on the case.
Despite the group’s loss of land, ISIS continues to be a thorn in Iraq’s side, and the U.S. Special Operations Forces have been assisting the Iraqi military combat what is left of the terrorist group.
Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told reporters, “To mitigate potential impacts of this redeployment, other (Naval Special Warfare) personnel are available to complete the assigned operational requirements. Naval Special Warfare insists on a culture where ethical adherence is equally important as tactical proficiency. Good order and discipline are critical to the mission. The loss of confidence outweighed potential.”
Special Operations Command stated, “Commanders have worked to mitigate the operational impact of sending the SEAL platoon home. All Department of Defense personnel is expected to uphold proven standards and to comply with laws and regulations. Alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.”
There have been other allegations of the same type which came up about the Special Operations Forces personnel and the U.S. Navy Seals. At a press conference at the Pentagon Wednesday, Master Sgt. Gregory Smith told reporters, “Do we have an issue? No, we have challenges, we have fraying, but are these things systemic? No, after a hard look. Is there room for improvement? Is anyone ethical breach too much? Yes.”
So who exactly are the United States Navy SEALs? They are the top soldiers in line to call on for special missions without the need for an entire militia. They have the most intense training which lasts between 18 and 24 months versus the six weeks of basic training the military goes through. A soldier is pushed to the maximum limit physically, mentally, and psychologically under massive amounts of pain and pressure. There is one week known as Hell Week where the soldiers face five consecutive days of being wet, freezing, sleep-deprived and hungry.
Instructors do not give any form of mercy on the soldiers and are always screaming, “Go ahead, quit if you like!” About 90 percent never make the cut as most troops quit long before Hell Week comes up because their bodies cannot handle the training. In the beginning, it is 15-mile runs, two miles of open water swimming along with other intense physical training.
One soldier described it as, “Every day is like climbing Mount Everest. You just keep doing what’s in front of you. You don’t look up. Training instructors make you feel like you’re part of an Indian tribe. There’s a lot of back-patting and verbal reinforcement. You feel like you’re part of something, and you’re doing great things. But they definitely let you know when you’re not doing something right.”
Knowing the intense pressure of everyday life for a U.S. Navy Seal, even when soldiers do make the cut, there are many stories where they end up like the ones sent home from Iraq. The pressure never ends no matter how much training they endure.