A decade-plus of nonstop SEAL combat deployments caused undeniable psychological trauma that in turn, coupled with senior SEAL leadership’s failure to control culture, fueled rampant drug abuse, active duty SEALs moonlighting in Hollywood, sex scandals, murder, embezzlement, theft, and more, Admiral Greene finally admitted… “We have a problem.” 

An excerpt from his letter to Naval Special Warfare is below. 

From: Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
To: Naval Special Warfare


We have a problem. Some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline and as a result and for good reason, our NSW culture is being questioned. I don’t know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately. Good order and discipline is the foundation for every military organization and it is a leadership responsibility. As Commander, I own it. As Commodores, you also own it. We must now take a proactive approach to prevent the next breach of ethical and professional behavior in our formations, instead of continuing on our current consequence management approach.” –Read the full letter here. 

Booze, Coke, Hazing, Forced Redeployment — What’s Wrong With the Navy SEALs?

Meanwhile, two SEALs have been implicated in the hazing death of Special Forces Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali. Navy Special Operations Chief Tony DeDolph is accused of placing Melgar in a chokehold until he asphyxiated. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews, who pleaded guilty to hazing, assault, and other charges in May, is also under investigation for allegedly trying to flirt with and manipulate Melgar’s widow. -Read the rest on, “Insider”, here. 

Current and former SEALs talk about instances of criminality and drug use in the Teams. Video courtesy of YouTube and CBS News