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Naval Special Warfare Initiates Random Performance Enhancing Drugs Testing For Health Of Force

CORONADO, Calif. — In a decisive move to underscore the health, safety, and readiness of its force, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command is set to introduce incremental, random force-wide urinalysis testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), commencing Nov. 1st of this year.

This initiative stems from the command’s continuous effort to eliminate unauthorized PED use, a matter that Rear Adm. Keith Davids, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, stresses is of paramount importance.

“My intent is to ensure every NSW teammate operates at their innate best while preserving the distinguished standards of excellence that define NSW,” said Davids.

In strict alignment with Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Navy regulations, the use of unauthorized PEDs, including steroids, human growth hormone, and SARMs, without a military medical prescription following DoD protocols, remains dangerous and poses significant risks.

NSW’s new testing initiative will consist of incremental, random tests conducted in parallel with the Navy’s standard testing and following the mandated 15% of the unit’s population per month.

Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6130.06, Use of Dietary Supplements in the DoD, dated 9 March 2022, prohibits use of products on the DoD Prohibited Substance Ingredients List, found on the Operation Supplement Safety website, unless authorized by a DoD healthcare provider. 

“This incremental, random force-wide testing initiative is far more than a regulatory step—it’s a steadfast commitment to the health, safety, and operational readiness of every member of the NSW community,” Davids said. 

According to Davids, NSW leadership understands that there can be legitimate medical conditions that warrant treatment with prescription supplementation and medication – under military medical supervision.

“The unauthorized and unsupervised use of PEDs is what we are trying to identify and prevent,” said Davids. “Nevertheless, we realize that some of our teammates may have legitimate medical conditions that need to be treated with prescription supplementation. If that is the case, we encourage our teammates, who haven’t already, to speak with their medical providers to get diagnosed and properly treated.”

Learn more about DoD prohibited dietary supplement ingredients at www.opss.org.

By Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs

10 Responses to “Naval Special Warfare Initiates Random Performance Enhancing Drugs Testing For Health Of Force”

  1. BrownSmock says:

    This place is a prison

  2. hersh68w says:

    I don’t think they’re going to like what they’re about to find out

    • Jeff Clement says:

      **Press Conference**
      Q: Is it a coincidence that the dates of the first tests will be long enough after the announcement that the half life of all substances renders them below any minimum detectable thresholds for their testing?

      A: [Surprised Pikachu Face] Whaaaaaaatttttttttt?

      • Smudge says:


        “What about the unbelievably high operational tempo and deployment cycles that lead to more TBIs, micro concussions, PTS events, and injuries resulting in chronic pain-management through the prescription use of opioids and thus addiction in one enlistment than most other MOS’s/NEC’s in the military experience in a career if at all? Can we test for those things and prevent long-term damage to the warfighters as well as a reduced cost to the taxpayer by way of avoiding VA medical care issues at a letter date?”

        “…aren’t you supposed to be at a school or work up or something?”

        “No. I just got back from a pump”

        “…you should be chomping at the bit to do your next platoon instead of being here and making reasonable suggestions!”

    • Joe says:

      On planet bullshit.

  3. Mt Guide says:

    Garrison military …. Booooooo.

  4. Joe R. says:



    The U.S. Navy SEAL candidate who died in training have all mandatory “vaccinations” on board when he checked out?

    Who burnt the Bonnie Dick, and why don’t we know more on that?

    Who did Milley call in chyna, and how did he get their number?

    What about that special bubble infused paint that subdued SONAR signatures on submarines, wasn’t that on Hillary’s bathroom server?

    FREE THE U.S. NAVY ! ! !

  5. Skippy says:

    It’s a long time coming; too late for some.

    I was in SWCC class 87 and we did pre-BUD/S and BO with our brother class 315 and the PED use was off the walls. Guys kept it low key in BUD/S prep. But an impromptu health & comfort before we left BO found PEDs in 15 or so lockers and cars. They caught my boat crew leader with SARMS and he, like the team player he was, took accountability for all the other pg 13 contraband in our wing at the time; ibrubpeofen, Sudafed, Tylenol, etc. After some X-div time, they ended up sending him to Japan PACT-A; he was one of the best guys I knew out there.

    Os and the Es with money had apartments out in town and storage units where they keep their “gear.” Strangely we only got drug tested once while we were there; the day we checked in. Plenty of dudes were blowing rails of coke out in gas lamp before liberty got secured.

    I remember a couple of guys who got really badly injured and a couple nearly died because of complications from injudicious PED use. I remember one kid going down on a test-out 4mi at 0530 with a heat injury when it was 65F. That was before phase. Other guys got hurt doing stupid shit. Then there was that incident in 317. I would be shocked if PED use didn’t contribute to that Sailor’s death.

    The instructors knew guys were on “gear”. They didn’t care. Guys who tried to keep it honest got crushed. Everyone gamed the system to some degree: helmets painted out in tow, the “boot lady,” extra uniforms, paying for watch coverage, etc. But the PEDs put lives at risk. Personally, I wish they had done more to integrity check the class. But we had instructors there with low levels of integrity when it came to drug use generally.

    Wouldn’t have mattered much to me either way; I got sepsis, wrecked my knee and ended my training in Balboa. But for the future health of the Navy, the program needs to get clean.