The Element Of Surprise
Direct action missions are short-duration offensives designed to seize, capture, or destroy a target, or recover designated personnel or material. Special Forces Soldiers generally undertake these missions in small units, emphasizing the need for stealth.
In many instances, Green Berets are in and out before the enemy has time to react. Many of these actions involve a raid or ambush of an enemy camp.
Special Forces operatives often use direct action to remove an enemy who is gaining power and influence in another nation. Other times, direct action strikes are used to protect American nationals or Soldiers being held in foreign countries.