Drugs US Navy SEALs: New investigation sparks allegations following death of Seaman Kyle Mullen during ‘week from hell’ training
A recent report alleges that some Navy SEAL candidates are using performance-enhancing drugs to gain an advantage.
The startling allegations are now rocking one of the most elite military units in the world, claiming a dangerous and sometimes deadly training culture.
A New York Times investigation revealed widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs among SEAL trainees determined to make the cut to become one of the few to pass SEAL selection.
According to the Times, a Navy investigation into the death of a SEAL recruit in February concluded that “approximately 40 applicants tested positive or admitted to using steroids or other drugs in violation of US regulations. Marine”.
The findings came to light after Kyle Mullen, a 24-year-old SEAL candidate, died hours after finishing the SEAL’s infamous “Hell Week” earlier this year.
“I said the Navy was going to kill him and that’s unfortunate. I really said that. And that’s what happened,” Mullen’s mother, Regina Mullen, said.
According to the report, the Navy found evidence that Mullen may have been using drugs, adding that “they discovered syringes and performance-enhancing drugs in his car.”
His mother, Regina, said Kyle considered taking steroids, but never did. She said she believed they belonged to others he hung out with.
“He found out the men were on steroids and I wasn’t happy about that. Of course he said he thought he might have to do it to get to Hell Week,” Regina said. “And apparently he talked to his brother and his brother told him he’d never had to do this before in his life. Why start now? And if others could do without it, he should be able to. do it too. He was a natural athlete.”
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Mullen’s autopsy, which was performed by a US military medical examiner, showed no signs of drugs in his system at the time of his death. However, they cited the cause of death as bacterial pneumonia.
Mullen was seen coughing up blood and being given oxygen repeatedly throughout the week after grueling training, which aims to push the contestants to their mental and physical limits.
His mother said he was abandoned at his weakest moment, right after Hell Week ended.
“At the end of the day, if he had been sent to the ER just as he secured the week from hell on Friday morning, he would be alive today,” Regina said.
“You start all the conversations in the world and debate about training, what people call torture and all that, but they didn’t give Kyle basic medical care. And that’s what It’s about. And that has to change now,” said Kevin Uniglicht, the Mullen family attorney.
As the Navy conducts its investigation, the demand for answers increases as to whether SEAL training is going too far and whether some of those who strive to join this elite unit will do anything to survive the test.
“Morals, character and leadership traits are as important as having a super athlete. Having a moral person on the battlefield is as important,” said Eric Oehlerich, ABC News contributor and commander. retired from the Navy SEALs.
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