Well, here we go again. The Navy parties hardy, as we learned from the Tailhook days, but have obviously forgotten. The Navy terminated the three leaders of SEAL Team Seven (known as the triad) for their failure in leadership. The three did not take action when they learned of a Fourth of July party (in Iraq where the platoon was serving) during which a female service member assigned to the platoon was allegedly raped and another female service member experienced unwanted sexual contact. Needless to say, there was considerable alcohol consumed at the party. The entire platoon has invoked the right to remain silent.
The words of the Navy in announcing the the termination of the three leaders and in sending the entire rights-invoking platoon home to Colorado, “Navy Special Warfare insists on a culture where ethical adherence is equally important to tactical proficiency. Good order and discipline is critical to the mission. We’re actively reinforcing, with the entire force, basic leadership, readiness, responsibility and ethical principles that must form the foundations of operations.”
Let’s hope the lesson is learnt this time.