Commander: Special Operations Forces Under Stress

The military commander who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is warning that the escalating demands on U.S. special operations forces are hampering their training and could slowly eat away at their combat readiness.

Vice Adm. William McRaven says demand for the elite forces around the world continues to grow, so there often isn't enough time to train between deployments. He says the helicopters and other equipment these forces need are not available to units in the United States who are preparing to deploy.

He says that special operations forces can't indefinitely sustain current levels of overseas presence and that the short breaks between deployments limit language and cultural training.

McRaven has been nominated to replace Adm. Eric Olson as commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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  • by Fact Checker on Jun 29, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    How did there manage to be a US Army photograph for this story? I understand that Joint Special Ops Command is all forces, but the forces responsible for the raid on bin Laden were US Navy, and the story specifically refers to an Admiral, which is a US Navy rank. Sorry if that's nit-picky, but the Army picture just seemed misplaced.
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      by WOW on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM in reply to Fact Checker
      It's WITN, a NBC affiliate. You're lucky they were able to find a picture at all without Obama in it...
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        by Wendy on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM in reply to WOW the Mission Accomplished photo.

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