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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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RE: No - UCMJ Article 92 isn't about classified
By kyp275 on 11/10/2012 2:42:18 PM , Rating: 3
Act of Valor was authorized by the Pentagon - it was looked through, approved by the brass, just like Top Gun or any other movies where military assets/units were requested to help/be a part of the film.

What these knucklehead did was circumvent all of that and went directly to work with EA, with zero notification or approval by the chain of command, a big no-no, especially when you're still in the service.


RE: No - UCMJ Article 92 isn't about classified
By foolsgambit11 on 11/10/2012 6:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
And it could be as simple as the fact that they took another job without approval from their Chain of Command. Most commands have regulations requiring prior approval before you can have a second job.


RE: No - UCMJ Article 92 isn't about classified
By Jeffk464 on 11/11/2012 12:38:46 PM , Rating: 1
You guys realize that these seals probably made more money off of consulting on this game then they probably made in their whole Navy careers, right? It wasn't necessarily a bonehead decision to do it.


RE: No - UCMJ Article 92 isn't about classified
By kyp275 on 11/11/2012 8:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
Unless EA paid each of them hundreds of thousands of dollars (which I doubt), then no. These are not seaman (private), these are senior enlisted sailors, they've been in for awhile.

Which brings me to my second point, one does not join the military if money is what you're after, especially ones that made it as far as those guys did.


By Jeffk464 on 11/11/2012 10:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ, I was in the military for 6 years and can tell you a lot of people join for pay and benefit reasons. I would say people joining for patriotic reasons is probably in the minority.


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