Seaman Kyle Mullen passing has brought attention to the harsh Hell Week, which tests the limits of SEAL candidates.
Naval Special Warfare Command has disciplined three officers in relation to the February death of a SEAL candidate who collapsed and passed away from acute pneumonia just hours after passing the demanding Hell Week test. Officials claim that Navy Capt. Brian Drechsler, commodore of the Naval Special Warfare Center, Capt. Brad Geary, commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare’s Basic Training Command, and an anonymous senior medical officer all received administrative “non-punitive” letters. No one has been fired, and commanders did not specifically blame the officers for Seaman Kyle Mullen’s passing. However, a Navy probe into his passing led to a number of adjustments in the way sailors are observed throughout the intellectually and physically taxing exam, and it also pushed the command to seek out and conduct more extensive testing for performance-enhancing chemicals.