The SEALS could be facing a shortage of combat rifles.
Top Navy SEALS have reportedly told congressman Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, that they don’t have enough combat rifles to fulfill the needs of the highly trained forces and the missions they carry out.
Counterterrorism efforts, among other objectives, could be in jeopardy if the situation becomes more dire.
It’s being reported that SEALS who return from deployment hand their guns away to new commandos set to leave, and are unable to train properly as a result.
Hunter said he was reached out to by several SEALS, but could not go into more detail about the numbers and kinds of guns, so as to maintain the secrecy the force relies on.
“They want their rifles,” Hunter said in an Associated Press piece. “It’s their lifeline. So let them keep their guns until they’re assigned desk jobs at the Pentagon.”