What is the reasoning in choosing what special forces should conduct missions such as the storming of OBL's villa? It seems to me that the US has many highly qualified people to choose from to conduct this raid: United States special operations forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia At some point it was decided to send in Navy SEALs, rather than Green Berets, Rangers, Marines, etc. I don't think the reason is as mundane as those guys were the closest available; if news reports are to be believed the Americans had some idea that OBL was hiding out in Abbottabad for some time. So presumably it must be something different about the training or equipment used by the Navy SEALs compared to other special forces. What is it?