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The Navy SEAL candidate who died hours after finishing the infamously brutal Hell Week test is 24-year-old Seaman Kyle Mullen, who joined the Navy in 2021.

The Navy said that Kyle Mullen died at a San Diego area hospital on Friday after he reported experiencing symptoms of an unknown illness along with another SEAL candidate.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the other SEAL candidate, whose name remains unreleased, was hospitalized in stable condition. 

The official cause of death is unknown and under investigation. Both men fell ill just hours after completing the test that ends the first testing phase and selection for the elite BUD/S class (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL).

The Navy said neither sailor had undergone an accident or unusual incident during Hell Week.

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IN A STATEMENT, Rear Admiral Howard III, the Naval Special Warfare Command commander in Coronado, California, sympathized with Mullen’s family.

“We are extending every form of support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates,” Howard III said.

According to his Navy biography, Mullen joined the Navy in March 2021. The Union-Tribune said Mullen reported to SEAL training in Coronado in July.

The SEAL program tests physical and psychological strength, water competency, and leadership skills. The program is so grueling that at least 50% to 60% don’t make it through Hell Week when candidates.

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Navy SEAL Candidate Who Died After Hell Week Identified

The Navy SEAL candidate who died hours after finishing the infamously brutal Hell Week test is 24-year-old Seaman Kyle Mullen, who joined the Navy in 2021.

The Navy said that Kyle Mullen died at a San Diego area hospital on Friday after he reported experiencing symptoms of an unknown illness along with another SEAL candidate.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the other SEAL candidate, whose name remains unreleased, was hospitalized in stable condition. 

The official cause of death is unknown and under investigation. Both men fell ill just hours after completing the test that ends the first testing phase and selection for the elite BUD/S class (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL).

The Navy said neither sailor had undergone an accident or unusual incident during Hell Week.

The Family Of The Navy SEAL Candidate Who Died

IN A STATEMENT, Rear Admiral Howard III, the Naval Special Warfare Command commander in Coronado, California, sympathized with Mullen’s family.

“We are extending every form of support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates,” Howard III said.

According to his Navy biography, Mullen joined the Navy in March 2021. The Union-Tribune said Mullen reported to SEAL training in Coronado in July.

The SEAL program tests physical and psychological strength, water competency, and leadership skills. The program is so grueling that at least 50% to 60% don’t make it through Hell Week when candidates.

VA Disability Rating Support

If you or anyone you know served in the military, you may need help obtaining a fair disability rating and compensation. Contact Veteran Ratings. Veteran Ratings has a 95% chance of success in acquiring the rating and benefits you deserve.

Have a question? On the fence? Then contact us for more information. We are here for you — we proudly serve those who served. Veterans are our only priority because they made this the land of the free through their bravery and sacrifice.

Get The Benefits You Deserve

contact one of our consultants today for a free evaluation of your VA claim

learn more
James Cooper
James Cooper
James Cooper comes from a long line of Veterans and decided to enlist for the Marine Corps at the ripe age of 18-years-old following in his father's footsteps. Shortly after being medically discharged from the service, James decided to pursue a career in journalism. Having battled with the VA for years himself, he began to study the system and commit his career to help fellow disabled veterans.

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