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Was able to recruit for Navy SEALs, Many Sailors Wind Up Scraping Paint

Things were different before our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In those days, sailors received required to train for a regular Navy profession, known being a rate, before they could attempt the SEAL course. Dropouts from the course could return to the rate they previously had trained for.

But, in 2006, faced with a nice mandate to drastically expand the SEALs, the Navy began granting new recruits to go into the course directly. That help fill the training pipeline, but it also produced thousands amongst “undesignated sailors” — washed-out SEAL recruits with no rate, qualified only for low-skilled labor.

Sailors who went by simply the course said that what separated bell-ringers from newly made SEALs was, at times, little more than luck — issue whether a wrong step led to a sprained ankle, or in the instance high bacteria counts in the ocean caused sickness. But the entire reverberations last for years.

Sailors said they were intimate with going into the course that ringing the bell might propose serving out their enlistments in low-skilled work below decks. What normally they didn’t know, they said, is that they would undertaking the course when SEAL instructors were striking students and keeping medical care, and when other sailors were using drugs to purchase ahead.

Not all bell-ringers end up in execute they hate. A spate of suicides in 2016 prompted the Navy to improve the options in support of them. Many are now trained to become divers, rescue swimmers or explosives experts. But paradoxically, sailors say, the initial handful to give up in each class have seemed to become the best opportunities, while those who stick it out and the longest are left with the dregs.

Many proceed to to new assignments hauling the weight of dashed dreams. They may be feel cheated, angry or consumed by blame. In October, a single sailor threw himself from the fifth-floor window of his barracks after that ringing the bell, according to two military officers equipped with knowledge of the suicide attempt who spoke on condition and are generally anonymity. The sailor lived, but sustained serious injuries.

Members of Congress are usually asking whether fundamental changes are crucial. In November, Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, who ergonomic office chair the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel, spent four days in Coronado, Calif., where the course is held. Within an interview, she said she was concerned about how quite a few were being treated.