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August 1, 2019

In the wake of several reports of alleged misbehavior, Rear Adm. Collin Green, the top Navy SEAL, sent a letter last week ordering commanders to let him know problems they see in the force and how they can be fixed, CNN reports.

"We have a problem," he wrote in a letter obtained by CNN. "I don't know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately." Green gave them until August 7 to share their concerns.

His letter did not go into detail on any specific incidents, but in recent months it's been reported that a SEAL team was sent home from Iraq after allegations of sexual assault and an internal investigation found that some members of SEAL Team 10 allegedly abused illegal drugs while stationed in Virginia in 2018.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Richard Clarke, head of special operations forces, met to discuss ethics violations in the military and the best way to handle them. "They discussed some of the recent cases that have emerged in the special operations community," Esper's spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, told CNN. "They share the concerns." Catherine Garcia

July 5, 2018

Dozens of immigrants in the U.S. Army who enlisted after being promised a path to citizenship have been discharged without warning, The Associated Press reports.

Lawyers told AP they know of at least 40 reservists and recruits who have been discharged or whose status is now in question. Some of the immigrants said they were not told why they were being discharged, while others said the Army told them they were deemed security risks because they have family members outside the U.S. or the Defense Department had not yet finished their background checks.

More than 10,000 immigrants are currently serving under the special recruitment program, enacted in order to grow the ranks of medical specialists and service members fluent in 44 different languages, AP reports. To participate in the program, recruits must have legal status in the U.S., and in order to be naturalized, they need to be honorably discharged. Pentagon and Army spokespeople told AP they could not discuss the discharges because of pending litigation. Catherine Garcia

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