In 2016, the late founder of SEAL Team 6, Richard Marcinko gave an interview in which he offered an interesting detail about the inner workings of the original Naval Special Warfare unit. He said that some that some of his men who were not originally pilots trained to become them and his team leased aircraft outside of regular DoD channels.
This was not viewed very favorably by higher ups who Marcinko said preferred officers rather than enlisted men flying and that the planes be owned by the Navy.
Congress ended the program to train enlisted men as pilots in 1948 and the number of naval aviation pilots never exceeded more than a few hundred.
30 years later in Marcinko’s signature renegade style, he leased civilian airplanes and put some “shooters” through flight school. His rationale was simple, he wanted to contain missions within his own unit so that he would feel confident about everyone involved.