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"Medal of Honor: Warfighter"  (Source: itechbook.net)
They all received letters of reprimand and a cut of half their pay for two months

Seven U.S. Navy SEAL members are in hot water for participating in the making of the video game, "Medal of Honor: Warfighter."

Video game developer Electronic Arts (EA) recently paid seven active and retired U.S. Navy SEALs to help in the creation of "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" in order to make it as realistic as possible.

However, the Navy wasn't too pleased with this move. It said that their participation was a violation of Article 92, which basically states that members of the Navy SEALs cannot disclose classified material to anyone. The Navy believes that these members provided classified information to EA for the making of the game, but it is unclear what this classified information was.

Now, the seven SEALs are facing punishment, according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). DOD said that a non-judicial punishment hearing was carried out on November 7 where the seven SEALs faced administrative proceedings. An NSW investigation is now being conducted to see if more members of the Navy were involved.

The seven Navy SEALs consist of two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators, which all received letters of reprimand and a cut of half their pay for two months.

According to EA, they were unaware of whether the seven Navy SEALs asked the DOD for permission to participate first.

Back in 2010, EA's "Medal of Honor" was banned from military PXs globally because of multiplayer Taliban characters.

Source: Polygon



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They violated signed NDAs
By Beenthere on 11/9/2012 9:39:27 PM , Rating: -1
The punishment was not the result of helping develop a video game. The punishment was because they violated signed NDAs. It's unfortunate that these select personnel did not exercise better judgment as they have compromised more than just their career.




RE: They violated signed NDAs
By Bad-Karma on 11/10/2012 7:05:18 PM , Rating: 1
Don't know why you were voted down....You are absolutely correct. Violating the Non-Disclosure Agreement (Standard Form 312) is the document that will initiate the non-judicial punishment (NJP) and do them the most harm.

But they are lucky it is NJP. Usually a slip up like that will warrant a general/special court-marshal instead of an just an NJP. In cases of willful public dissemination of classified a lot of times a commander's authority to use NJP is trumped/overridden by DIRNSA regulations, at which point is is pushed to the DoD or Federal level for prosecution.

So I suspect that what they may have released was considered relatively minor in scope.


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