10 SEALs Set to be Separated from the Service for failing Drug Tests; Investigation Underway - USNI News
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for the use of illicit drugs and as such these individuals will be held accountable for their actions. We are confident in our drug testing procedures and will continue to impress on all members of the command that illicit drugs are incompatible with the SEAL ethos and Naval service.”
It’s unclear if the incidents are related.
The failure of the drug tests has sparked a Naval Special Warfare Command investigation into the circumstances around the failures.
Since he took command of Naval Special Warfare Command in 2016, commander Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski has been vocal inside the community that bad behavior would not be tolerated in the SEAL community.
In late 2016, East Coast SEALs took an operational pause to address the drug problem in special warfare after several investigations found a spike in usage
“I feel like I’m watching our foundation, our culture erode in front of our eyes,” commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Capt. Jamie Sands said in a closed-door meeting as part of the standdown, according to video obtained by CBS.