I know a man who was on a rooftop in Mogadishu with a SEAL detachment when the blackhawks were shot down just down the street. He opted to do an E&E and they made their way to the beach and called out for a ride. I wore camouflage for the last 18 years of my time in the Navy. One day I wore the khakis with the 3 ribbon bar and he questioned my wearing of the third ribbon. He was right to do so.
When you go there, you can ask all the questions you want.
There are significant risks to being in the navy. Big or small, death is just a breath away.