A Congressional study has been spurred by a New York Times piece concerning Navy SEALs training, which revealed that the program has become more risky, resulting in a high dropout rate and the frequent employment of individuals who fail to complete it in low-paying positions.
The New York Times has published an investigative report detailing the struggles of Navy SEAL candidates who fail the grueling selection course and are relegated to menial jobs in the Navy. The report reveals that these “undesignated” sailors, many of whom are highly educated and motivated individuals, are often subjected to harsh treatment during the selection course and are left with few options for career advancement after they drop out. The report also highlights concerns about safety and mistreatment during the selection course, which has seen a significant increase in dropouts over the past year. The Navy is conducting an investigation into the matter, and Congress has passed an amendment requiring an independent review of the training.