Skip to comments.Navy SEAL candidate slapped during training ends up in coma, investigations launched
Posted on 11/10/2017 10:18:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
Twin investigations are probing an incident at the Naval Special Warfare training complex in Coronado that left one Navy SEAL candidate in a coma.
Authorities this week said that Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents and members of the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado are reviewing an Oct. 12 mishap that occurred during a study session for the land navigation course of the Basic Under Water Demolition/SEAL training program, or BUD/S.
As an incentive to correctly answer questions, two sailors allegedly agreed to slap whichever one got a response wrong. BUD/S candidates typically challenge each other to perform acts of physical exertion, such as push ups, because striking another student is forbidden.
One of the candidates reportedly reeled from a slap and fell to the floor, striking his head. He was rushed to Naval Medical Center San Diego where surgeons placed him in a medically-induced coma to help heal what SEAL spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said was an unintentional injury.
The staff on site immediately rendered medical attention and quickly transported the injured student to the hospital, Davids said in a written statement. He is currently in good condition and recovering; we continue to provide all the necessary support to our student and his family.
Naval Special Warfare Center takes any injury during training extremely seriously and in response is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter. (The center) trains elite maritime special operators in a professional and dignified training environment. Actions which fall short of this high standard are not tolerated.
The center declined to name either the BUD/S students or the SEAL instructor who was in the classroom during the incident.
The Centers probe began immediately after the incident. NCIS spokesman Ed Buice said that his agency started the following morning.
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Heads will be rolling over this one.
Even if the recruit comes out of this coma, he may be forever compromised with a ‘minor’ brain injury. There may be a medical discharge coming up. No doubt the other guy feels terrible about this. The risk is always present when you smack somebody hard enough to knock them off balance. Even for someone young and in top physical condition.
The covering on your brain is very delicate and even a car wreck of around 20-25MPH can cause a serious brain bleed if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
When I was little I flew off a tire swing that was spinning really fast and hit my head on a wooden post, actually blacking out before I hit it. I woke up and got up to play, though I was falling over and losing my balance constantly.
I had no ill effects from this I had no ill effects from this I had no ill effects from this I had no ill effects from this.
Just a slight tick.
I had some seemingly minor head injuries when young. Then had many dozens of various types of seizures over a year or two, until doctor realized what was going on after I had a grand Mal.
Gunnery Sargent Hartman: “What side is that, Private Pyle!”
Had a friend put through this coma bit...it supposedly gave his body a chance to heal. It worked but he was 86...and died 6 months later from a second heart attack.
The sons said they should have let him pass the first time around...because their father endured only suffering during the 6 months.
In Basic Training at Ft. Gordon, GA in 1957, that stuff was called Disorganized Grabass, and was NOT permitted.
Someone in a position of authority is gonna regret having gotten out of bed that morning.
See Post #10.I'm sure it wasn't "permitted" either for you in '57 or for us in '69 but it did *happen*...to us,at least.
"Pick up your cover!"
I've often wondered how people aren't truly injured in movies when stuff like that is done.It sure looked real to me!
He is currently in good condition and recovering;”
Do you think this helps explain why people sometimes make multiple (wait for it)
(ducking for cover, runs for exit)
You don’t even need to be smacked.
I had a stroke when I was 31. 2 years out of the service and in good shape.
It’s usually not the punch or slap that gets ya, but when your head bounces on the ground.
I know you’re right. In my platoon there was good-natured trash talk between a recruit, a big former Penn Stater, John Kroll, and our Platoon Officer, a big redhead, Lt. Mullins, a “90-day Wonder” Second Louie from West BG Virginia. Raggin’ on each other about who could whup the other’s butt. It was fun, and never went beyond the BS stage.
Prayers up for this recruit to heal and for his instructors, family and doctors to help him in his recovery.
His last name wasn’t Wadalahara was it?
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