“Challenge bets” among SEAL students keep classes fun and foster a competitive camaraderie, particularly during the third phase of training, which Class 326 had just begun. Wrong answers lead to burpees, pushups and dousing students before chow, although it was determined that the instructor helming Donnell Classroom had gone far beyond that by leading students to drink “dip spit,” shaving their heads or forgoing food until they left for training in the Laguna Mountains.
The slap given to a 29 year old student by another student for his wrong answer lead to a stumble and a coma, after his head hit the ground causing a skull fracture. It remains whether the patient is still in the Navy or if the incident left him with permanent injuries. But he bore no ill will saying they were “training to become hard men.”