Navy Seal wannabes pump themselves with steroids in bid to pass Hell Week test

Desperate Navy Seal wannabes are pumping themselves full of steroids in a potentially deadly tactic to pass the brutal Hell Week test.

An official report found elite commando recruits feel they need drugs to get through the notoriously tough five-and-a-half day test on only four hours sleep.

The inquiry was launched following the death of Kyle Mullen, 24, who collapsed and died of acute pneumonia hours after completing the programme in 2022.

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A 200-page report by the Naval Education and Training Command included an account of an instructor in Kyle’s class telling sailors all types of people make it through the course, including “steroid monkeys and skinny strong guys”.

The instructor added: “Don’t use PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) – it’s cheating, and you don’t need them.

“And whatever you do, don’t get caught with them in your barracks room.”

The report said there followed an “awkward silence” before the instructor, who was not named, added: “That was a joke.”

It said some candidates interpreted it as an implicit endorsement of using the drugs.

The report added barracks were routinely inspected during Kyle’s training, and noted several instances where the drugs were found or sailors admitted to their use.

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There was no evidence Kyle took PEDs, but had an enlarged heart that contributed to his death.

According to the report, he told his registered nurse mum Regina he was thinking about buying some performance enhancing drugs as he “did not want to be at a disadvantage since many other candidates were taking PEDs”.

His mother urged him not to and following his death, vials and syringes of drugs were found in his car and his phone had text messages discussing their use and attempts to buy them.

The report added the “ability to continue training through discomfort and some degraded physical condition was seen as a positive trait by instructors and this was understood by candidates”.

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Rear Admiral Keith Davids, who heads Naval Special Warfare Command, vowed the Navy would learn from Kyle’s death and was already taking steps to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

He said: “Our effectiveness as the Navy’s maritime special operations force necessitates demanding, high-risk training.

“While rigorous and intensely demanding, our training must be conducted with an unwavering commitment to safety and methodical precision.”

Hell Week involves basic underwater demolition and survival and other combat tactics.

It is designed to test physical, mental and psychological endurance, as well as leadership skills, and is so tough at least 50% to 60% don’t finish.

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