Murphy's Law: SEALs Ignore Legal Advice to Survive


May 3, 2007: The U.S. Navy, desperate to increase the number SEAL commandos, has overruled its lawyers, and allowed recruiters to give potential recruits a swimming test. Swimming takes up a large part of SEAL training, and difficulty in the water has been the cause of many, otherwise suitable, candidates failing the training course. For over a year now, the navy has hired former SEALs to act as part-time scouts, to find and encourage potential SEAL recruits. But the navy would not allow the scouts to administer swimming tests to potential recruits, because navy lawyers pointed out that there were potential liability issues. The admirals decided that the SEAL shortage issue outranked the legal liability issue, and has ordered its scouts to give swimming tests to potential recruits.


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