Seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, are facing disciplinary action following their involvement in the development of a video game.
A Navy investigation found that the SEALs had served as paid consultants to the designers of “Medal of Honor Warfighter," a Pentagon official told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. Each of the seven SEALs received letters of reprimand and were forced to forfeited half of their pay for two months.
“We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors,” Rear Adm. Gary Bonelli, deputy commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement.
According to CBS News, the video game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but rather it portrays realistic missions that SEALs may take part in. The game's maker, Electronic Arts, says that both active duty and retired commandos help make its games realistic.
In a statement to the Navy Times a Naval Special Warfare Command official said it, “takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and conducts investigations to determine the facts. We likewise take seriously the Non-Disclosure Agreements signed by sailors and adherence to the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The official added, “We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy. The nonjudicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a higher standard of accountability.”