US Navy Seal Candidate Dies After 'Hell Week' Training

US Navy Seal Candidate Dies After 'Hell Week' Training

Navy officials identified a Seal candidate who died after an intense training session known as Hell Week and promised to investigate a second incident that left another sailor hospitalized.

Officials say, Kyle Mullen, 24, of New Jersey, died in Coronado, California, on Friday night, without providing a cause of death. Unidentified sailor remains in stable condition at a naval hospital in San Diego.
They aimed to be part of the elite team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

At the time of the incident, the candidates had completed the underwater demolition segment of "Hell Week" training, part of their Navy Seal assessment and selection pathway.

Earlier this week, the Navy confirmed Mullen of Manapalan, New Jersey, as the deceased candidate.

Rear Admiral HW Howard III, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, expressed his deepest condolences to Mullen's family.

Hell Week training follows an initial seven- to nine-week boot camp for SEAL candidates and consists of extensive underwater and parachute training.

Seal's website describes the program as "a program designed to push you to your physical and mental limits." About 20% of recruits graduate from the Navy's " brutal " training, and 250 candidates become Seals each year.

USA Today reports that this is the first time in six years that a Seal candidate in training has died in six years. In 2016, an instructor repeatedly pushed a 21-year-old Seaman underwater during a pool training session, initially ruled a homicide by the San Diego medical examiner.

NBC reported that three Seal candidates died in four consecutive training sessions and that Lovelace was the fifth trainee to lose consciousness in a pool exercise in four months. Still, Navy investigators found no evidence of a crime and declined to file charges.

Upon post mortem examination, Lovelace was found to have an enlarged heart that contributed to his death.

John F. Kennedy created the Navy's Seals unit in 1962 following a request from military leaders for a highly trained maritime force to address escalating situations or conduct special operations.

Before Kennedy codified the Seals, elite US forces, including the soldiers of the D-day landings and the troops of the Okinawa invasion, had a long history.