Because we’ve scattered stuff all over P&R about the various ups and downs of Uncle Sam’s traveling circus.
What prompted me is this story on CNN. Apparently, a US Army Special Forces member, who died in Mali a while back, may have been murdered by Navy SEALs. At least, NCIS is investigating his death as a homicide, and the reports are that SEAL Team Six members are the subjects of the investigation.
Now, the Navy has had a rough patch recently, with leadership, readiness, and morale issues galore, mostly in the Pacific. If this pans out, in addition to being pretty horrific in and of itself, it points to even more rot deep within the service. Though in this case I’m wondering if it’s also perhaps related to the vast expansion of special operations forces over the past decade or two. We can’t even fill billets in the line units of the military, reliably. It must be even harder to fill an expanded special operations requirement, given the supposedly high standards those units have.
All in all, it’s getting more and more depressing looking at where we are today.