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U.S. Navy SEALs, instrumental in the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, are featured in this comprehensive 500 page report on U.S. special operations forces with complete coverage of the forces fighting terrorism worldwide, including the Special Warfare Command and USSOCOM. Coverage includes: Mission Types; Benefits; Prep School; BUD/S training; Advanced Training; Application Steps and How to Become a SEAL; Strength Training; Swim Training; Run Training; Nutrition Training; Injury Prevention Training; recommended reading list; frequently asked questions; nutrition guidelines; alcohol and performance; Hall of Heroes; special operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and recent wars including Afghanistan and Iraq; Navy SEAL museum; Naval Combat Demolition Unit; duty stations in Coronado California, Little Creek Virginia, and Pearl Harbor; USSOCOM Special Operations Command including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines; Fort Bragg, Hurlburt Field and MacDill Air Force Base; Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School; Rangers; Nightstalker, SEAL Team platoons; military working dogs and NSW dogs; tactical ground mobility; SWCC Western Maneuvering Area; ground mobility platforms; Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat; MKV special operations craft; special operations craft riverine; undersea platforms; SEAL delivery vehicle; Air Force Special Ops Aircraft; unmanned aircraft systems; dive assault gear; P226 Pistol; MK11 sniper rifle; M13 grenade launcher; SCAR Special Ops Combat Assault Rifle; machine guns; rotary wing helicopter support; dry deck shelter (DDS); controversies over training ranges; applying ethics; and much more.

In addition to the coverage of special ops and SEALs, there is the complete story of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as described by American government officials. The compilation includes statements and speeches by President Barack Obama, briefings by Defense Department intelligence officials and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, remarks by CIA Director Leon Panetta, and an important background paper by the Congressional Research Service on implications and considerations regarding the death of bin Laden and its effect on the future of al Qaeda.

Navy SEALs are a special breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. SEALs take their name from the environments in which they are trained to operate: sea, air and land. Their small highly trained teams usually work quietly at night conducting some of the nation's most important missions. SEALs are constantly deployed throughout the world to protect national interests. Navy SEALs and their high speed boat driving counterparts, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, form the operational arms of the Naval Special Warfare community, which is headed by the Naval Special Warfare Command. NSW acts both as the Navy's special operations force as well as the Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is responsible for all U.S. special operations forces. NSW training and preparation stresses an enduring commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility and mission accomplishment. Naval Special Warfare goes to great lengths to ensure that its forces are capable and prepared.

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