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Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet | Military Times
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Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet | Military Times

Special operations forces numbers are higher than they have ever been, but leaders in that community want Congress to approve their highest budget request ever made to increase the force by more than 1,000 troops.

The special operations forces, which include Army Special Forces and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Tactics Operators and others, are being strained to their breaking point, officials have said publicly over the past year.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has said that conventional forces would have to assume some of those duties to supplement the missions special operations troops perform across more than 80 countries on an ongoing basis.

Source: Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet | Military Times