In connection with the February death of a SEAL candidate who collapsed and passed away from acute pneumonia just hours after passing the strenuous Hell Week test, the Navy’s Special Warfare Command has penalized three officers, according to Navy officials and a new report.
No one has been fired, and commanders did not specifically blame the officers for SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen’s passing.
However, a Navy probe into his passing led to several adjustments in the way sailors are observed throughout the intellectually and physically taxing exam, and it also pushed the command to seek out and conduct more extensive testing for performance-enhancing chemicals.
Mullen, 24, of Manalapan, New Jersey, passed away shortly after completing Hell Week, the five-and-a-half-day test that occurs during the first phase of assessment for SEAL candidates hoping to get into the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL, or BUD/S, class, according to a new report released by the command.
It stated that Mullen’s death occurred “in the line of duty, not due to his misconduct” and that he had an enlarged heart that also The Naval Special Warfare Training Center in Coronado, California, served as the venue for the training.
According to the medical examiner’s postmortem report, Mullen’s system contained no signs of performance-enhancing drugs, and they were not a contributing factor in his demise.
In Mullen’s possessions, many commonly used performance-enhancing medicines, including testosterone, anastrobol, and sildenafil, were discovered, according to staff and medical experts who evaluated the findings in the report.
They further claimed that his enlarged heart and these medications may have contributed to his demise.
Blood tests and urine analysis, which can reveal signs of the prohibited substances, were not performed as part of the autopsy.