He had financial problems, his marriage had fallen apart and his chain of command was riding him about qualifications. He’d sought mental health counseling, but was not treated when he needed it most.
Before he disappeared from the cruiser Shiloh on June 8, Mims was known for making crazy-yet-sincere claims. Shipmates recalled him saying he had been to space, and that he could shoot fireballs out of his hands.
My favorite part:
Mims could have been apprehended prior to his discovery when another sailor spotted him in the middle of the night, days earlier. But that sailor just went back to sleep instead of sounding the alarm.
Based on the 4 years I spent in the Navy, I am not surprised at the circumstances here. The Navy is fucking terrible at helping servicemembers who are dealing with personal issues. The general attitude from leadership is, "Yeah, we don't give a shit. Get help on your own time."