Following Mullen’s passing, other adjustments have been made, according to NPR, including giving recruits an antibiotic shot before they begin BUD/S and conducting more thorough medical exams before and after training.
One recruit died and another was taken to the hospital in San Diego after finishing what is known as “Hell Week” earlier this year, prompting the Navy SEALs to change their rigorous basic training course. According to CNN, no modifications have been made to the Hell Week training itself. At BUD/S training, the rigorous physical and mental preparation needed to become a SEAL begins. Recruits are tested to their physical and mental limitations throughout this six-month mind and body obstacle course. The initial phase lasts for eight weeks and involves fundamental conditioning exercises like jogging, swimming, and calisthenics, all of which get harder as the weeks go on.