Stung by a string of scandals starring SEALs behaving badly, Naval Special Warfare commander Rear Adm. Collin Green on Tuesday issued a four-page â€œback to basicsâ€ directive designed to shore up shoddy conduct, restore moral accountability and create better leaders.
Released to senior leaders and then obtained by Navy Times, Greenâ€™s guidance returns the SEAL and boat teams to standards expected of service members across the fleet, with a mandate for leaders to conduct â€œroutine inspections of your units and strictly enforce all Navy grooming and uniform standards, including adherence to all Navy traditions, customs and ceremonies.â€
Within popular culture, SEALs often are depicted as bearded commandos with a shaggy pirate bravado but Greenâ€™s memo echoes former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardsonâ€™s May advice to the sea serviceâ€™s leaders, telling them that they will be judged by the character and performance of their teams.
Greenâ€™s guidance clearly puts character first and adopts steps that will anchor SEALs not only to their own storied history but to the larger institution of the Navy.
Commanders will inspect their officers and sailors during uniform shifts, establish â€œweekly battle rhythm eventsâ€ to include quarters, unit physical training and zone inspections, with Green personally holding leaders â€œaccountable for all substandard issues related to your personnel on and off duty.â€
â€œWe are U.S. Naval Officers and Sailors first and foremost and we will realign ourselves to these standards immediately,â€ the WARCOM boss wrote.
That was merely one reform in a series of ordered changes Green identified in his â€œCall to Actionâ€ memo, an extraordinary document that Green conceded was triggered by a force that â€œhas drifted from our Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitmentâ€ and an ethos â€œdue to a lack of action at all levels of Leadership.â€
Without quantifying their numbers, Green told his subordinates that â€œa portion of this Force is ethically misalignedâ€ with traditional SEAL culture because of those â€œwho fail to correct this behaviorâ€ and instead â€œprioritize this misalignment over the loyalty to Navy and Nation.â€
â€œThis drift ends now,â€ Green said.
24 Aug 2019