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The Navy SEALs have been telling a San Diego congressman that they’re under-equipped and forced to spend their own money on combat gear, and he is on a quest for answers.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., asked the military’s top special operator whyNavy special operators are forced buy some pieces of their own gear and to turn in their firearms at various points in the deployment cycle.

“They don’t get weapons now to work up with for two years. They get their weapon when a guy comes back,” Hunter said. “They have to turn that weapon back in again even if they’re still in work-ups and they’re going to deploy nine months later.”