The Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that a glitch in its internal processes caused officials to improperly seize combat rifles from a team of Navy SEALs, who had raised concerns about the lack of arms last week, according to a letter sent to Congress by a Navy official.
Rear Adm. Brian Losey, a senior official the Naval Special Warfare Command in California, informed lawmakers that the situation is being rectified to ensure that these SEALs continue to have the weapons they require.
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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) revealed last week that Navy SEALs in his district had called his office to complain of a combat rifle shortage. Hunter petitioned Navy leaders to explain the situation.
Losey, in his March 8 response to Hunter, outlined the process by which Navy SEALs return their weapons for maintenance and other services. It appears that a breakdown in this system caused some SEALs to have to return their weapons.
This caused anger among the fighters, who often spend great amounts of time fine-tuning and adjusting to a particular rifle.
The Pentagon conducted a review of its policies after learning of these complaints, Losey wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.