Who wouldn’t want a side job as a porn star? We’re pretty sure any man would see it as a perfect career, but apparently not if you’re in the Armed Forces. The people at the top of the command chain have to approve that kind of stuff and get super pissed if you don’t let them know about it. Just ask Navy Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph John Schmidt III.

Elite squads like the Navy SEALs look down on anything that might reflect poorly on the special forces group’s reputation. So when news started going around that Schmidt, a 23-year veteran, was a porn star known as Jay Voom, s**t hit the fan.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Schmidt is, in fact, Jay Voom, and is married to porn star Jewels Jade. After he was already a SEAL, he followed in his wife’s footsteps and took on the porn world, with most of his triple-X camera time being with his lady. No big deal, right? Well, he’s also allegedly been filmed with adult actresses Mena Li and Ashden Wells.

Uh, so still, what’s the problem here? We don’t really see one. It all sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us. But the SEALs don’t think like we do. 

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The Coronado-based Naval Special Warfare Command has launched an investigation into Schmidt’s porn career, and a commissioned officer has been assigned to handle this case. Major questions include whether Schmidt violated rules mandating that SEALs obtain advance approval from their commanders for outside work and whether the SEAL brass has been quietly condoning his film work. The investigation began only eight months before Schmidt had planned to retire, and disciplinary action could affect his rank and pension benefits.

“We have initiated a formal investigation into these allegations,”said Capt. Jason Salata, a spokesman for the SEALs. “There are very clear regulations which govern outside employment by (Naval Special Warfare) personnel as well as prohibitions on behavior that is discrediting to the service.”

While Schmid has not talked to any publication about this drama, his wife has. She simply explained that part of the problem was the shitty salary the Navy pays even elite operators like her husband. The porn work she and Schmidt have done, she said, “helped our family. It got us out of a lot of financial issues we were going through.” 

Jade also told the Tribune that many of her husband’s comrades-in-arms are fans and fully aware of his side job. “They knew about it at work,” she said. Her husband even “got called in” by commanders, and according to Jade, “and they said, ‘Look, keep it on the low, don’t mention the SEAL name and blah, blah, blah.'”

“Everybody knew about it,” she told the paper. 

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In the end, Schmidt may not be court-martialed or anything as severe as that, but he definitely could face some form of disciplinary action for breaking rules that mandate he get approval from higher-ups before doing any kind of outside job.

Let’s hope his long career in the Navy will work in his favor and the penalty will be light. After all, he’s just trying to take care of his family, he served his country and he made a few bucks doing something fun. What could be more American than that?

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