Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/ Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique Pineiro

In some ways, the aviation mishap crisis that's roiled the Pentagon in recent months only underscores something U.S. service members have known for years: Military service can be damn dangerous even if you never see combat.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Marcus Fichtl

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.

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Photo via DoD

The Naval Special Warfare insignia, or SEAL Trident, is supposed to be a shining embodiment of the community’s ethos: honor, heritage, and above all, service to the country and each other. But a new investigation from CBS News portrays the forces as rotting from the inside.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Marcus Fichtl

“I’m sitting in this chair because I’m not proud anymore to be in the community because of the direction that it’s going,” a Navy SEAL told CBS News in an investigative report Tuesday night.

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Photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada

Anyone who has ruck marched with a heavy pack, performed a parachute landing fall out of a C-130 or worn body armor all day knows that the military lifestyle is rough on the body. Due to the physical requirements of the military, veterans experience a much higher rate of chronic pain than the civilian population. The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to more advanced body armor, saving the lives of thousands of soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen. These advances in equipment, though lifesaving, mean that troops survive with devastating injuries such as limb amputations and traumatic brain injury that require advanced, coordinated treatment.

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