What happens when military personnel breaks rules and regulations while deployed under the Trump Administration? They get sent home, and their transgressions make headlines.
This week, a group of Navy SEALs – the best of the best in special forces we are given to understand – found themselves headed home after reports of breaking rules, and more.
The Special Operations Joint Task Force commander who sent the SEALs home felt their loyalties were misplaced because they were covering for each other rather than cooperating with an investigation into the allegations, Defense Department sources told [CBS’s David] Martin.
The sources told Martin the SEALs consumed alcohol at a Fourth of July party. In a statement posted to Twitter Wednesday night, U.S. Special Operations Command only said the platoon was redeployed early 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,” the statement said. “Commanders have worked to mitigate the operational impact as this SEAL platoon follows a deliberate redeployment.”
The statement added that “all Department of Defense personnel are expected to uphold proven standards and to comply with laws and regulations.” The new allegations follow recent developments in two high-profile death investigations involving SEALs.
Local laws in Iraq prohibit the existence of alcohol let alone the consumption of it.
This story is rather shocking as the Navy SEALs are known to be an elite fighting force, but the reality remains that the military is a reflection of the larger culture where rule-following, honesty, respect and the like are not always carried as code as in times past. These fighters are learning their actions have consequences in the most painful way. Not only were they sent home, now the entire country knows they were. The Pentagon is not keeping the disciplinary action in house.