This post was last updated on September 9th, 2019 at 11:02 am
The US Navy’s SEAL Team 7 has been called home from Iraq after it was found guilty of misconduct.
The admiral responsible for observing the US Navy’s elite special operations forces accused the members of SEAL Team 7 for breaking the rules and laws of the Navy and breaching discipline. The accusations included an alleged sexual assault and alcohol abuse by the troops participating in overseas campaigns, which was a clear violation of the General’s orders.
In a rare move, the admiral fired three senior leaders of the team, due to their failure in leading the troop, which further resulted in the loss of confidence.
The US Navy Capt. Tamara Lawrence disclosed that Commander, Navy Special Warfare Command Read Adm. Collin Green “relieved the unit’s commanding officer, Cdr. Edward Mason; executive officer, Lt. Cdr. Luke Im; and the team’s top enlisted leader, Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones.”
Apart from being fired from their positions, no additional punishments or disciplinary actions have been taken against the SEAL Team 7 leaders, and they still remain a part of the Navy. This is because these leaders themselves were not engaged in the alleged act. Instead they were held responsible for neglecting the behavior of their subordinates, which led their commander to lose confidence in their ability to carry out the mission.
A similar case of cocaine abuse and usage of illicit substances was found with SEAL Team 10 members, while they were assigned in Virginia a year ago. The members were later disciplined by the US Navy.
Recalling the past incidents with SEAL Team 10 and irresponsible behavior of SEAL Team 7, Collin Green himself believes that a “portion” of Navy SEALs are “ethically misaligned with our culture”. The critics agree with his perspective that the main problem begins with the members who fail to correct the illicit behavior within their sphere of leadership. They believe that such people, who prioritize this misalignment over the loyalty to Navy and Nation, have no right to be addressed as leaders.
All in all, the entire scenario poses a direct question on the credibility of the US troops that were deployed in Iraq, taking into account the ongoing threats that could further affect the federal security of the nation.