The Navy will no longer require sailors to endure being pepper sprayed every three years as part of force protection training.
"You have to get pepper sprayed in the face every three years, and as I was talking with the team on [USS] Gridley, it seemed to me that once is enough there," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a Facebook video posted Tuesday. "Once you get that experience you'll never forget it, and you'll be able to fight through pepper spray for the rest of your career."
Richardson said sailors aboard the Gridley, a destroyer, recently complained to him about the experience while he was visiting them in Everett, Wash.
"If there are any of these requirements out there that you think don't make sense or are ridiculous just let me know," Richardson added. "Some of these things are quick kills."
Members of the Navy who carry pepper spray had been required to be sprayed every three years and must try to perform self-defense moves despite facing trouble breathing and seeing.