A new report from the Navy indicates that the death of SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen was caused by "failures across multiple systems."
According to the Washington Examiner, a redacted version of the 200-page report was released on Thursday. It contains the findings of an investigation that was conducted following Mullen's passing in February 2022.
Mullen, a 24-year-old former Yale football player, died within hours of successfully making it through "Hell Week," which is an extremely challenging part of the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course, also known as BUDs.
In October 2022, the Navy put out a statement indicating that Mullen's passing was "not due to his own misconduct" but "was in the line of duty."
The newly-released report, however, states that there were "failures across multiple systems that led to a number of candidates being at a high risk of serious injury."
Rear Adm. Peter Garvin, the commander of Naval Education and Training Command, indicated as much in a summary that he wrote of the report's findings. He said that there was "a near perfect storm of converging factors, factors that accumulated unidentified and unmitigated risk."
In the report, Garvin writes, "at its core, the investigation finds that relentless and continuous self-assessment and self-correction within all departments of NSWC’s BTC is required,"
This investigation identifies risks that aggregated as the result of inadequate oversight, insufficient risk assessment, poor medical command and control, and undetected performance-enhancing drug use; and also offers actionable solutions to mitigate those risks going forward.
The flawed medical program - which is described in the report as "poorly organized, poorly integrated, and poorly led" - was particularly problematic, according to Garvin.
The investigators found that "the flaws in the medical program likely had the most direct impact on the health and well-being of [trainees]."
The Navy says that it has used the findings of the investigation to make improvements to its training program. But, this may not be the end of the matter.
Garvin, in the report, also indicates that "accountability actions are also necessary."
CBS News reports:
Ten people — including two high-ranking Navy SEALs — have been singled out for possible prosecution as a result of last year's training death of Kyle Mullen hours after he had completed the infamous "Hell Week."
As for what is next, the findings of the investigation will be handed over to the Navy's legal command, and it will decide whether or not to proceed against these individuals or others.