Seven Navy SEALs have been charged with orders violation, misuse of command gear, dereliction of duty, and disclosure of classified material for acting as paid consultants on the EA video game Medal of Honor: Warfighter. According to CBS News, the SEALs are all active members of the notorious Team Six. The Navy also suspended half of the SEALs’ pay for two months and sent letters of reprimand that would “kill their chances” of future promotion. The SEALs are said to have released classified material while helping EA make the game.
According to the Department of Defense:
“A non-judicial punishment hearing was conducted yesterday, Nov. 7 and seven Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel faced administrative proceedings. An additional NSW investigation is ongoing to determine if more personnel may be involved.
They are being charged with violation of Article 92: Orders violation, misuse of command gear and violation of Article 92: Dereliction of duty, disclosure of classified material.
Two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators received the punishment. They received a punitive letter of reprimand and forfeiture of ½ month’s pay for two months.”
The charges seem a bit odd since the SEALs have recently been allowed a bit of publicity, approved by Adm. William McRaven, for other entertainment consulting gigs such as the movie “Act of Valor.”