Proof that video games keep getting more and more realistic: Seven U.S. Navy SEALs, including one who participated in last year's raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been disciplined by the Navy for divulging secrets while serving as consultants for the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter video game released by Electronic Arts. The Navy hasn't said exactly what secrets the two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators exposed, but the seven were charged with violation of orders, misuse of command gear, dereliction of duty, and the disclosure of classified information. Each received a reprimand letter and had his pay docked by half for two months.
Ok, they divulged something they should not of. I can see them getting in some form of trouble, but these men fought for out country, risking their lives. I love my country but I cant stand the way the US treats our soldiers, to take away half their pay is ridiculous, im sure they have family to support. A very heartless act by our government.
I do not view this as a heartless act by our government. Actually, our government let these guys off pretty easily. Divulging military secrets isn't the same as divulging personal secrets. If the neighbors learn someone likes to play naked Twister, that's embarrassing. If the enemy learns how our military works, that puts our service men and women at risk. The people who fight for our country should not have had their lives put in greater danger by these SEALS divulging secrets to a video game. The government of the USA needs to protect its military men and women. Half pay for two months is a slap on the wrist. Must have been some pretty unimportant secrets for the punishment to be that lenient. Divulging military secrets can get you court-martialed.
I find the whole concept of this discipline comical to a Navy Seal, silly even.
I suppose it was done for public relations, but as intimidating a Navy Seal, it might as well been a fleabite on back of an African Rhino, ha ha.
Uh, they were a risk to national security. They deserved to be reprimanded.
I don't know the facts of the case, so I can't say weather or not the deserve the punishment they were give. But based on the charges "violation of orders, misuse of command gear, dereliction of duty, and the disclosure of classified information" I would have expected something more in the ballpark of a dishonerable discharge and forfiture of all pay and benefits. A letter of reprimand and two months pay is getting off light.
Just FYI, this is a non-judicial punishment, meaning it was divied out by their commanding officer. The SEALS who were repremanded could have elected for a trial by court-martial. It appears that they felt a jury of thier piers would not be as kind as their C/O.
SEALS are suposed to be the pennicle of military discipline and professionalism. If they can't exercise good judgement/follow orders while on a simple consulting job, how can they be relied upon to do the same in combat? Consider what these guys do, high stakes clandestine undeclared warfare, they should be heald to a higher standard, not a lower one.
@democedes the seals are trained basically from boot camp to understand that information that they divulge on anything is basically akin to shooting a fellow soldier with your own bullet. in another article that i read about this, i believe it was on penny arcade report's site, they basically explained that they were being made an example of for their fellow soldiers where in reality the information that they divulged would probably be as simple as the conditions that their training was like. technically since a good foundation of any army is the way in which it is taught then they way seals are trained is very important information that they shouldn't discuss, however it is literally nothing more than a quick google search and a trip to wikipedia to get the exact same information.
were they right? probably not, they should have gone to their commanding officer first before agreeing to consult the game studio. were they wrong? probably not, the information that they did tell is more likely than not simple stuff that is on the line of common knowledge. it's like saying area 51 exists, everyone knows it does, but if you've been stationed there then you say it exists suddenly it comes down on you hard because now it's official.
They used bad judgement and they should have known better.
As 'elite troops' they are held to high standards ( and there are benefits).
As for the punishment, a letter of reprimand does not stay with their records permanently. Losing pay is no fun, but they'll survive. Probably got more than that from EA.
They would have almost certainly lost in a court martial, and the punishment would have been more severe. Also, I think that the first level of court martial is presided over by your CO.
Goooooooooooooooo! NAVY SEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the reward they got for “killing” OBL.
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Their reward for killing Usama bin Laden was national fame and glory. This discipline is the reward they get for breaking a confidentiality contract with the government. The two acts are not one and the same. Because they were involved in the events of May 2, 2011, they are not getting the full punishment that is called for this type of military crime.
@ ford2go; A formal reprimand with the loss of pay will likely stay with these guys, blocking advancement. Especially now and in these years to come, when many of our career guys will be looking at special warfare as a way to stay in and still have chance for advancement in what will be a glut of officers and nco's soon.