Naval Special Warfare Command is in the process of administratively discharging 10 enlisted Navy SEALs and another sailor assigned to East Coast Naval Special Warfare unit for failing mandatory drug tests administered by the command, the U.S. Naval Institute first reported on May 3.
The SEALs and sailor reportedly tested positive for cocaine and assorted methamphetamines during drug tests conducted between March and April, results that reportedly triggered a new investigation by NSWC "into the circumstances around the failures," USNI News reports.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy for the use of illicit drugs and as such these individuals will be held accountable for their actions," Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence said in a statement. "We are confident in our drug testing procedures and will continue to impress on all members of the command that illicit drugs are incompatible with the SEAL ethos and Naval service.”
News of the separations comes just over a year after CBS News aired an investigative report detailing a growing drug-abuse problem within the U.S. special operations community, citing mostly anecdotal reports and testimonials from former SEALs.
According to data provided by Naval Special Warfare to Task & Purpose at the time, the Navy collected 71,436 urinalysis samples force-wide for testing between August 2014 and February 2017. Of those samples, drug laboratories found 186 samples that tested positive for drugs — a 0.2% rate that mostly included cocaine and marijuana.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."