Does it have to do with how they do their selection? Or is it their training? Or is it just that they are taking on missions they aren’t capable of?
Buds is a notorious selection process that is considered the harder military selection that exists. Constantly seen as significantly harder than rasp or SFAS. Many seals will even say it is harder than deltas selection. But is there something wrong with their selection in that they are getting the wrong people? And then with devgru, they don’t really have selection, it’s just straight to otc. But the guys in the seals will say they don’t need anymore physical selections since they’ve already gone through buds.
Or does it have something to do with their training? Are navy seals just not trained to perform certain kinds of missions but take them on anyway? Seals are supposed to be maritime special ops, despite that seal stands for sea air and land. They are meant to be in places that are close to the water. So while they can operate on land, they should only be there if they had to swim to that land or something like that where their maritime capacity made them relevant.
But seals have been doing all these sorts of ops that you could imagine would have been better suited for rangers, or others for SF. In quite a number of ways the seals are very redundant in what they bring to the table. They were created during Vietnam as a commando unit, but army sf had already been in existence at that time.
And then devgru fucks things up that it would have been better to send in delta. Really the only op that would have made sense to send in devgru for was the captain Phillips mission.
Based on how much the seals fuck up, I’m surprised they haven’t been threatened to be disbanded more often. Ok Sean Naylor’s book relentless strike, he mentions how devgru fucked up so bad once they were threatened to be disbanded if they messed up again.