A Navy SEAL platoon was ordered home early from a deployment in Iraq due to misbehavior during non-operational periods. The unidentified platoon is part of SEAL Team 7, and their misconduct appears to have been the overconsumption of alcohol during the 4th of July celebrations.
According to a statement released by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), it was the commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq who gave the order for the early dismissal of the SEAL platoon. The reasons given were “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods.”
The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation (SOF) Inherent Resolve in Iraq ordered the early redeployment of a SEAL Team platoon to San Diego due to “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods.”
American personnel deployed to Iraq—and to other Muslim countries where alcohol is prohibited—are banned from drinking as a mark of respect for the local culture. Despite this prohibition, it’s not uncommon for warfighters to consume alcoholic beverages during downtime and ultimately falls under the discretion of their immediate commanders. Thus, sending home the SEAL platoon is bound to raise a few eyebrows, for it’s almost certain they weren’t the only ones partying that day.