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In the press and marketing for its military FPS Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts stressed that it was going for authenticity by consulting with active military personnel. Now, seven of the Navy SEALs that consulted with EA on the game are being disciplined by the military for revealing secrets.
CBS News is reporting that members of SEAL Team Six -- one of whom participated in the killing of notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden -- will face disciplinary action for the revealing confidential information in during their time consulting on the game. The SEALs were paid for the work by Electronic Arts.
In addition, four members of SEAL Team Six who have moved to other parts of the military since working on Medal of Honor are under investigation. All the SEALs supposedly revealed classified information given to them by the Navy to EA.
According to the report, the seven who have been disciplined received "letters of reprimand" and had half of their pay docked for two months. Apparently, letters of reprimand have a cost to a military career, and have a negative impact on a SEAL's chances for further promotion within the Navy.
Source: CBS News via Kotaku
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Well, the Navy can take solace in the fact that no one will play Medal of Honor anyways so...
LMFAO STUPID sits
Man that sucks but SEALS, and anything to do with SEALS is highly classified. From their weapon loadouts to how they handle hostage situations is very sensitive information and some of it could threaten National Security if mis-handled. The government doesn't play when it comes to it's secrets. SEALS truely are the "UNSUNG" heroes.
Oh man that sucks. I have the utmost respect for these guys for their mission against bin Laden, but I wonder how you can argue against this?
That's not good :(
JUST an LOR? That's nothing; the pay getting docked for two months is the harsher punishments. LOR's are so easy to get, I know plenty of Airmen in my current MAJCOM that have them, and know plenty of E-4's and up that either currently have them or have had them, since they get wiped off of your record in 3 years anyway. When I saw punishment, I thought they would have at least gotten an Article 15 for revealing secrets. That seems like the more proper punishment for doing something of that magnitude.
Yeah, they're a bunch of dummies. Also GI, Letters of Reprimand--LOR--they aren't a big deal really in the long term. I mean, like a Letter of Counseling or Admonishment they make you look stupid but they're all similarly easy to get nowadays and aren't that big of a deal, in comparison to an Article 15 as I mentioned.
I was worried somthing like this would happen. It sucks for those guys. EA really is the worst company in the world. They couldn't even let this game not suck to try and beat out CoD.
WOW very sad to read that people are in trouble for a game. I guess giving out military secrets isnt a good idea either, but people are not stupid though we all have ideas on how S*** goes down out there.
Wow, that's really surprising, since MoH itself was generic as hell. I guess EA didn't make use of that information.
When I saw the word "disciplined", I thought they were gonna get paddled or something. That would've been really weird...
I feel bad for them.
Hopefully it will not hurt them too bad :(