opiatesnomomre.wordpress.com- We all know that the United States militarily has Elite Units in which honor and valor are their top priorities. The Army has the Rangers, The Air force has the Special Operations unit, and the Navy has the Elite Navy Seals. These top units are the best of the best in our line of defense against the world’s evils. Surprising as it may be to hear, the respected Navy SEALS are currently speaking out publicly about a previously unknown Drug Abuse problem within their units.
Three Navy NEAL’s, all in different points within their careers, spoke to David Martin of CBS NEWS on camera April 11, 2017, under the condition of anonymity, with both disguised faces and voices. The SEALS were concerned about backlash.
One of the SEALs speaks out saying, “I’m sitting in this chair because I’m not proud anymore to be in the community because of the direction that it’s going.”
Another SEAL shares that, “People that we know of, that we hear about have tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy.” “That’s a problem.”
When asked by reporters how prevalent drug use is in SEAL teams the answer in that, “It’s growing.” , “The Drug Use, it’s growing,” a SEAL reports.
An undisclosed email from the end of last year shows that the Navy SEALs stopped all training and an ordered safety stand-down was issued due to the problem of Drug Abuse within the SEAL units.
Capt Jamie Sands, of the 900 SEALs on the East Coast commanding officer states,
“I feel like I’m watching our foundation, our culture erode in front of our eyes.”
In only 90 days as the Commanding officer, Capt. Sands, has seen five Navy SEALs booted off of teams due to Drug Use.
“I feel betrayed.” “How do you do that to us? How do you decide that it’s okay for you to do Drugs?” Sands shared.
All SEALs that are under his command were required to attend a meeting held on the Drug Problem. Those that could not attend were instructed to watch online. A “Clipped” version of the video was sent to CBS after a request was made.
Introducing Sands was his chief of staff who spoke to what he called a “staggering” amount of Drug Use cases pointing to the Navy Special Operations unit of having the highest amount of drug use incidences than any other section of the fleet.
One SEAL told CBS News that “It’s a population that is supposed to be elite performers, all with classifications, to where they have national security information and responsibilities.” “That’s dangerous to my teammates.”
Another SEAL stated his concern about possibly working with a team member who is under the influence of Drugs, saying, “if we need your ability, I don’t need to be in the back of my mind thinking that, OK, can I really trust this guy? Is he 100% going to cover my back?”
The Naval Special Warfare Commander Admiral Timothy Szymanski concurred in a correspondence with CBS NEWS, stating,
‘Anything above zero [tolerence] represents a disturbing trend for this elite force, [or unit.]”
So are Navy SEALs taking Drugs because of the stress involved in high-risk operations? Not according to Capt. Sands.
“They think it was OK, [using drugs,] because they’ve seen other people do it.”
“They think [that] their teammates won’t turn them in. They [also] think it’s kind of the cool thing to do, but they think it’s OK,” Sands reports.
Any SEAL who turns in his own “brothers,” does so at high risk to himself.
“You stand up for what’s right, and you get blackballed, or driven out,” One of the SEALS pointed out.
A separate SEAL acknowledged the comment, stating that “It’s a career killer,” to turn in another SEAL.
All active duty military personnel, including Special Operations members, are held to a random urine screening policy. Unfortunately, though history has shown that most personal are not held to this policy when away from their bases, or deployed. Their individual skill sets make them very important assets. Because of this, they spend most of their time away from their base. Several SEAL’s currently on active duty status mentioned that they had not been asked to provide a urine sample in years.
The Commander called a mandatory meeting to confront the drug problem. It seems like he is doing something about this problem. One of the SEALs interviewed stated that “it has gotten to the point where he had to deal with it.”
“We’re going to [urine] test on the road.” “We’re going to test on deployment. If you do drugs, if you decide to be that selfish individual, [who uses drugs,] which I don’t think anyone’s going to do after today. I believe that. Then you will be caught,” Capt. Sands said in the video.
Another SEAL admitted, “I hope he’s somebody that we can rally behind and hold people accountable, but I’m not sure at this point.”
When the safety stand down was called, every SEAL had to provide a urine sample for drug screening. One which had been found with cocaine in his system a few months ago had failed this drug screen for prescription pills. This individual is being booted from the SEALs.
It seems as though a first failed urinalysis results in a warning, whereas the second resuexpulsionpultion, however, this is just specullation on my part. I believe that each case is addressed differently. When one of the SEALs who was present at the meeting was asked if CBS NEWS could speak with him again, he stated that “[Yes,] We need help.”
I wonder if there is any assistance for any active duty personal who are fighting a drug abuse problem?
I know that simply giving a warning, then expelling them is not the answer. These people have invested to much time, and the government has invested to much money into these individuals. Consertive invested amounts say around $200,000 dollars. Others say it takes upwards of several million dollars to create or train a navy SEAL. We simply cannot waste these taxpayer dollars. Financial reasons aside, these are people. We need to help these SEALs, not expell them.
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