Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Mims is one of thousands of Americans serving in the armed forces who are often described as “sporty.”
The 23-year-old Mims graduated from the Naval Academy in 2013 and enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 2014.
His enlistment coincided with the end of the U.S. military’s most popular recruiting tool: the enlistment website.
In the summer of 2014, he was assigned to a squadron based in the Naval Weapons Systems Command (NAWSOC) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
Mims said he didn’t realize his unit was being used to train Navy SEALs until the next day.
The unit was in the midst of training and was about to deploy to Afghanistan.
“I didn’t know if it was going to be a real SEAL, and I didn’t even know what that was,” Mims told National Geographic.
“It just came to me that we’re going to have SEAL training and they’re going do it with Navy SEAL training.”
Mims and his fellow sailors learned how to train under Navy SEAL instructors and were expected to complete SEAL training in less than four weeks.
When the training ended, Mims, who was assigned the title of “associate sergeant,” was told he’d been promoted to “first lieutenant” within the next few weeks.
“We were supposed to be training for a deployment to Afghanistan, and we were going to do SEAL training for our Navy SEAL buddies,” Mim said.
“And then we were told by the command that we had been promoted.
Mumbles’ experience was not unique. “
That was the worst day of my life.”
Mumbles’ experience was not unique.
“For the most part, I’ve seen more and more people being let go in the military, or being let down because they weren’t doing everything that was expected of them,” said Mims’ father, Michael Mims.
The Mims family and many other service members say that training in the United States military is a top priority for many of them, but many also have concerns about the quality of the training.
In an effort to address the issues raised by the Mimss and other service member who were let go, National Geographic teamed up with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to examine what the military is actually doing to prepare service members for deployment to a foreign country.
We found that the Navy is training the U,S.
Navy SEAL team at Naval Station Patu, Maryland, but it’s a relatively small number of Navy SEAL’s that have been involved in SEAL training.
The Navy has a large fleet of aircraft and submarines in the area, and the Navy SEAL Team 6 is responsible for the vast majority of the Navy’s training and deployments to Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world.
“The SEAL team is the most elite force in the Marine Corps, and yet they’re only about 1,400 to 2,000 guys,” said Tom Hough, senior vice president of operations for AARP.
“There’s no training program for the rest of us.
They’re doing training for Navy SEAL guys, but they’re not training us.
And the Navy doesn’t have a training program.
They have an ideology.”
As the Navy has focused on training more SEALs, some service members have complained about poor quality of training.
“Training has been so scarce and so scarce that it has created a situation where we are not as prepared as we could be for our deployments,” Mummis said.
In 2016, the Navy announced it would end the Navy-wide training program, calling it “a distraction from our mission of winning the war on terror.”
In response to the Navy program, AARP conducted a study and found that training was not being conducted on the Navy ships it oversees, and that it is not providing adequate training to those sailors who are still deployed to Afghanistan or other overseas locations.
In addition, the program was limited to sailors in the special operations units who were assigned to Navy SEAL teams and did not include Navy SEAL candidates from the Marine infantry, Air Force Special Operations Command, Army Special Operations Forces, Army Reserve, or the Coast Guard.
The study also found that Navy SEAL students had not been provided the same training as their peers.
A Navy spokesperson told National Journal that “the Navy is committed to the rigorous standards of the SEAL program and we are taking steps to ensure that all of our sailors are prepared for deployment, and to ensure they are supported in their deployments.”
But AARP says there is a problem with the training being done at Navy SEAL bases.
“Navy SEALs and Navy SEAL programs have been the focus of intense public debate over the past several years,” Hough said.
“[The Navy] is trying to be transparent about the training program and its requirements, but the truth is there are still far too many Navy SEAL recruits and recruiters in the nation’s armed forces that don’t have the skills or experience to