Navy SEAL training is widely regarded as the most intense and vigorous military training in the world. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Kyle Mullen, 24, passed away on February 4th after completing the grueling Hell Week with his BUD/S class. The cause of his death is still being investigated.
Read on to learn about Kyle Mullen’s life and unfortunate death.
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Who Was Kyle Mullen?
Mullen was both a high school star athlete and a football player at Yale University. He was a native to the state of New Jersey and planned on becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL.
Kyle Mullen was born and raised in the city of Manalapan. He would eventually go on to become a football star in the school and receive an offer from the prestigious Yale University—for which he did not play long before signing his contract with the U.S. Navy.
What Is Hell Week?
Hell Week is the most difficult part of SEAL training that is designed to put the capabilities of every Navy SEAL candidate to the ultimate test. One averages, if they are lucky, only about four hours of sleep during the whole week. As you can see, compromising on the form of a difficult exercise would not be hard considering the lack of sleep.
Furthermore, in addition to the lack of sleep, candidates are also denied adequate food and nourishment in hopes to “toughen them up.” Even though they are fed roughly three times a day, the amount of calories they consume does not even come close to the number of calories they burn during Hell Week. This is just one of the many Navy SEAL requirements.
Though it only lasts for about a week, this portion of training is where most of the candidates fail. The fact that the instructors also provide so many opportunities for them to quit certainly does not help the candidates’ chances of succeeding very much either.
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Are There a Lot of Military Training Deaths?
Compared to the number of people inducted into the U.S. military every year, there are very few deaths that happen during training. Still, whenever one does occur, it is always very tragic and heartbreaking. This is certainly the case when it comes to Kyle Mullen.
In fact, earlier this year, a Marine Corps officer was relieved of his command due to an accident that happened under his watch which resulted in the deaths of nine servicemen.
The point is that accidents do happen in training. There is usually no malicious intent behind the accidents.
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If this sounds interesting to you, head on over to USMilitary.org’s website today and get up to speed with the latest military news. You won’t be disappointed with their content!
Edward P. Steffan says
We need to be thankful for the small percentage of courageous, highly focused and totally committed soldiers who will suffer Seal training to protect us knowing how they exponential increase their risk of death choosing this path
These most brave ones deserve to be protected from deadly mistakes but should not be less rigorously trained for the horrendous situations they are volunteering to face
They need to be the best trained and equipped soldiers on earth
William Buchman says
Praying for the family and friends of this great young man who gave his life for this great country. God bless you Kyle Mullen.
William C. Dulaney says
Thanks for this website. It is a welcomed site for an Air Force vet from 1968. Keep up the great work. I served with pride and dignity for my country.
💜 thank you!
I too am a vet from 1968-1988. Thanks for your service.
Benny Sanchez says
Is it the vaccination that caused his death?
Dave Shed says
May you Rest In Peace. As the words in the movie, You are about to experience the most intense training known to man.
May his fellow brothers in training, be blessed with the knowlege that they have received the best training in the world. May God be with each and everyone of you, and those that have gone before you.
[USN Ret.] Joseph C. Moore says
I went through recruit training in Bainbridge in the 50’s with a company of NY teen hoods who were given the option of military or prison, some under priviledged from poor states, and me (the old man, college educated and 22 years old. Of the 80 who comprised the group, about 13 escaped from the mountain top training center, another dozen or so were imprisoned for assault, another group sent to psychiatric remediation of indefinite confinement. The remaining portion were “set back” (extended training for several weeks) etc, so my group of 80 was dwindled down to 28 who graduated after 13 weeks (well past the normal period). During that time we were usually marched double time everywhere, got no more than 4 hours sleep a night (two hours during service week that lasted 13 days) and subject to intense harassment ( yelling, beating, intense exercise to exhaustion). My Marine friends at my new station couldn’t believe that my company had more rigorous training and such a small graduating company than they had. As bad as my company was, the Navy Seals who graduate are the SuperMen of the Navy with even more rigorous conditions of training and fewer graduates of the course. The “elite” of the branches of service are truly deserving of awe to complete the course then go on perhaps impossible missions. The civilian population cannot comprehend such training..
I went through training including escape and evasion, water survival, and a special one. They were nowhere as hard as what you went through. Glad to hear you made it. Thanks for your service.
Does this courage snd dedication get sullied by tye state of our country by its current leadership.
The woke predators controlling our country do not deserve such courage and dedication to our country.
We must pull it together and become worthy of America.
Joe Gallucci says
So you believe his death is being covered up for political reasons?
Julie Ortiz says
Wow! Just … WOW ….
Francis Byrne says
how did this happen? one thing to be put in harm way for the real thing but why in training?
Commander Blanche Mullaney, USNR, Retired says
My heart goes out to Kyle Mullen’s family and loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace.
Please provide follow up information on this young man’s cause of death so discovery of information can help military medical teams and Seal Team leaders and instructors can do anything possible to prevent another tragedy such as this. As a retired Navy Nurse, so many things come to mind: exhaustion combined with dehydration? Inhalation Pneumonia from swallowing & aspirating ocean or pool water? A blood clot from sudden immobility after strenuous activity + dehydration.? Sometimes inherited gene mutations can predispose one to a clotting disorder. So tragic. Hope we can learn how to prevent this from ever happening again.
Sue Ellyn Barton says
God bless all Military men in every Branch of Military Service.
My father-in-law served in the U.S. Army in World War I, my Dad served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and my husband served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. I am so proud of them for their Service.
God bless the family and loved ones of this Soldier who died. He will always be revered by me.
Sue Ellyn Barton
For those disrespecting this young man’s death by trying to make it political using the vaccine disgust me. Training accidents happen unfortunately. Let the family grieve and quit throwing out your agenda. I served 21 years and yes there were accidents, one during my first deployment. What prospective seal trainees go through is the one of the hardest training in the world, only the Brits have anything comparable. Rest In Peace brother