During the four-day annual Sea-Air-Space 2021 conference, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, told the audience that the Navy SEAL community suffered from issues with character and ethics. 

The conference brings together the U.S. defense industries, private-sector companies, and key military decision-makers from the sea services for an educational and professional event.

Gilday was on a panel with Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Gen. David Berger and Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Karl Schultz discussing Tri-Service Maritime Leadership. The panel was moderated by Admiral John Richardson, Retired 31st Chief of Naval Operations.

Character and Ethics Identified as Navy SEAL Problem Areas by Chief of Naval Operations
The three leaders discuss maritime leadership. (Military.com)

 Gilday spoke about the review ordered for all U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) units. He mentioned that a “comprehensive review” was needed similar to the one that the Navy had ordered for its surface fleet after two destroyers had collided with merchant vessels claiming the lives of 17 sailors in 2017.