FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The US Navy has decided to get in front of some of the SEAL controversies by relocating BUD/S to Fort Leavenworth, home of the Army's Command and General Staff College.
The installation also is home to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, which houses the DoD’s sole maximum security prison—and 89 percent of all living Navy SEALs.
Cmdr. Josiah Taylor, public affairs officer for the newly renamed Joint Base Leavenworth, says it's a good deal for the Navy and the larger Department of Defense.
"We feel it’s an opportunity for a real juicy outreach program," Taylor said. “SEALs who have gotten caught can now mentor SEAL ‘pups’ to teach them how to not get caught drinking on deployment, how not to stash a dead hooker in a car trunk, and all the other murder-schmurder sort of stuffy stuff.”
SEALs will be trained on JB Leavenworth and will use it as a main base.
“This will cut down costs dramatically,” Taylor says, “as moving a SEAL from trial to imprisonment will now be as easy as driving down the street.”
Taylor notes, “This will also allow for the traditions of the SEALs to also be brought in to Joint Base Leavenworth. For example, there is a bell located in the SEAL wing of the Leavenworth prison.”
He adds, that this has caused some consternation, though.
“The SEALs are confused as to how and why ringing the bell doesn’t decrease their sentence or free them.”
WT Door contributed to this article.