The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, noted during his speech at the annual Sea Air Space conference in Washington D.C that the special operations community has recently underwent a comprehensive review that found they are spreading themselves too thin. The military-wide review directed by Army Gen. Richard Clark, head of USSOCOM, concluded that SOF’s willingness to take on missions while already overtasked has negatively affected competency and public trust. The Navy SEALs have had multiple public character and ethics issues over the last few years including the case of Eddie Gallagher and allegations of sexual assault and drug use. Naval Special Warfare hopes a renewed emphasis on character and ethics in mentoring and training will help ameliorate these issues.
The Crossroads of Special Operations