US Navy Seal Candidate Dies Another being Hospitalized after “Hell Week” Training

The death of the candidate happened on Friday and the Navy confirmed it in a statement, however, stressed that the symptoms began “several hours” after the training session.

The sailors, who were not named, were not “actively” training when they began suffering symptoms, according to the statement.

Both the candidates went through an extensive training session called Basic Underwater Demolition Seal (BUD/S) which includes basic underwater demolition, survival and other combat tactics, the statement said.

According to Navy seals website, the training also known as “Hell Week”, consists of 5 and a half days of “cold, wet, brutally difficult operational training on fewer than four hours of sleep.”

“Hell Week tests physical endurance, mental toughness, pain and cold tolerance, teamwork, attitude, and your ability to perform work under high physical and mental stress, and sleep deprivation,” the website says. “Above all, it tests determination and desire.”

“On average, only 25 per cent of Seal candidates make it through Hell Week, the toughest training in the US Military.”s.

The training is compulsory for getting into the elite military unit and is held in the fourth week of the training, marking the end of the first phase of assessment and selection of the Seal candidates.

Both the candidates were hospitalised soon after the symptoms emerged. One of them didn’t make it, while the other was listed in stable condition at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

It isn’t yet clear how much the strenuous experience of Hell Week contributed to the deteriorated health of the trainees. However, this isn’t the first time a candidate has lost his life during rigorous training.

In 2016, a candidate named Derek Lovelace died after he drowned during a pool exercise. The navy initially ruled it as an accident but an investigation was carried out later. However, no charges were levied on anyone, including the instructor who was believed to have pushed the candidate underwater.

Original Article: Navy Seal candidate dies and one in hospital after gruelling ‘Hell Week’ entry test (msn.com)

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