In a separate case, a Navy SEAL and Marine Raider have both acknowledged they had been drinking alcohol before taking part in the June 2017 hazing death of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, but both Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews and Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. did not blame alcohol for their actions.
News of the SEAL platoon being removed from the war-zone is just another black eye for the Navy special warfare community, which is reeling from a series of scandals involving cocaine use, murder, and other alleged crimes.
Some defense officials initially told reporters that the SEALs had been sent home for drinking alcohol, but Phillips first reported the SEALs' commanders lost confidence in them after the entire platoon refused to talk to investigators about both the sexual assault and drinking allegations.
When U.S. Special Operations Command announced on Wednesday that a SEAL platoon was being sent home early from Iraq because their commander has lost confidence in them, U.S. military officials did not mention that one of the SEALs had been accused of sexually assaulting a female service member.
Here's What You Need To Remember: The Marine Corps' approach to the recent news out of Camp Pendleton shows that being open builds trust with the American public.