In my BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training class we had a guy, “Eli”, finish Hell Week, report to medical for back pain and it was discovered that he had fractured his back. Welcome to SEAL training, it’s called high risk training for a reason.

Recently another student who finished Hell Week died from training.

“One candidate died at Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, California, on Feb. 4. The other candidate is in stable condition at Naval Medical Center San Diego,” read the statement.

The last candidate publicly known to die was was 21-year-old James Lovelace who drowned to death in pool training during the first week. The Navy added additional safety protocols afterwards.  However, I can tell you, safety is always there, just as much as the risk. During all evolutions there is an active ambulance staged, combat medics at the ready but there will always be injuries and fatalities, it comes with the job and training for it.