Major changes are coming for the Navy SEAL Teams both in terms of their missions and composition. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, Rear Admiral Hugh Howard III, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said that the changes will improve the leadership and expand the SEALs’ special operations capabilities allowing them to adapt to threats from near-peer powers like China and Russia.

Number of Navy SEAL Platoons Will Be Reduced

Howard said that the SEALs’ focus on counter-terrorism missions will now evolve to meet global threats. Under the upcoming changes, the actual number of SEAL platoons will be reduced by as much as 30 percent. However, the size of the platoons will be increased to make the teams more lethal and better able to counter sophisticated maritime and undersea potential enemies. 

Combatting terrorism for the past two decades, Howard said, drained resources. This allowed China and Russia to make inroads across the globe. However, improvements in intelligence gathering and precision-striking capabilities have vastly improved.