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The decision by President Barack Obama to draw down forces in Afghanistan will translate to more time at home between deployments for most military members, but for some, like Navy SEAL teams, they will see even more action as a result of the decision, according to an article by the Virginian-Pilot.

Defense analysts say that reducing the number of convential troops in Afghanistan will likely place a heavier burden on clandestine units, such as SEALs, and Army Rangers and Green Berets.

Infantry units and imposing tanks can help the military put pressure on rank-and-file insurgents, but dismantling a Taliban cell requires taking out its leaders. That's something special operations forces excel in, as evidenced last month when a Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden.

According to the Virginian-Pilot article, thousands of personnel who remotely pilot unmanned aircraft and those who analyze the video the drones collect will be largely unaffected by the drawdown.

Read more about how the drawdown will affect SEALs by the Virginian-Pilot.


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