“Medal of Honor” just got more exciting after officials announced 7 US Navy SEALs will be punished for helping the video game’s developers with confidential information about secret missions.
Next time you’ll be playing “Medal of Honor” (MoH) remember real US Navy SEALs got in trouble to make your mission look like the real deal. The video game is “inspired by real world threats” which become even more exciting knowing one of the seven US Navy SEALs in trouble was part of the team that killed Osama bin Laden.
Officials with the Navy announced 7 members of the Navy SEAL Team 6 have been under investigation and eventually punished for having served as paid consultants to the makers of MoH Warfighter. The seven SEALs were sent letters of reprimand and half of their pay for two months was forfeited.
“We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors” said deputy commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command Rear Adm. Gary Bonelli. “The non-judicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability” he added.
MoH Warfighter was released last month by Electronic Arts and according to the promotional message, the video game was in fact “written by actual U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas”. The company bragged that the new video game will give “players a view into globally recognized threats…letting them experience the action as it might have unfolded”.
Navy SEAL Team 6 is a secretive commando unit based in Virginia. One of the seven men in trouble was part of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. Another four who helped with the video game were based on the West Coast. Although none of them will go to jail, it’s likely this is the end of their SEAL career.
The entertainment industry has a lot of openings for Navy SEALs. Some of them are featured in movies with their commander’s approval. For instance, there are 8 SEALs casted in the movie “Act of Valor” alone.