marines are who we are. special operations is what we do.

The Marine Corps is the nation’s expeditionary force, ready to respond to any crisis, anywhere. Marines have always fought our nation’s small wars, its irregular wars - the wars of the future. Marine Raiders are Marines first, and they build on their Corps’ legacy: Raiders go forward to win the war before it starts.

Marine Raiders are a force, expeditionary in nature, deploying anywhere in the world with responsive, scalable, and adaptable forces prepared to “live hard” in uncertain, chaotic, and austere environments, yet capable of sustainable expeditionary operations.

 
 
 
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OUR MISSION


MARSOC’s mission is to recruit, organize, train, equip and deploy task-oriented, scalable, expeditionary Marine Corps Special Operations Forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (CDRUSSOCOM) and/or Geography Combatant Commanders (GCCs) via the Theater Special Operations Command.

 
 
 
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OUR VISION

MARSOC’s vision is to be America’s force of choice to provide small lethal expeditionary teams for global special operations. With tight-knit teams of agile and adaptable Raiders, MARSOC will continue to punch well above its weight class.

 
 

OUR CORE VALUES

 
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HUMANS ARE GREATER THAN HARDWARE
We maintain clear selection standards to ensure Marine Raiders are mature, experienced and capable warfighters.

QUALITY IS GREATER THAN QUANTITY
We establish training procedures so that Marine Raiders meet or exceed every SOF standard.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) CANNOT BE MASS PRODUCED
We build our capabilities deliberately and methodically

COMPETENT SOF CANNOT BE CREATED AFER A CRISIS
We will act decisively to increase U.S. special operations capabilities so its Marines and Sailors are better able to anticipate - and prevent - emergencies.

MOST SPECIAL OPERATIONS REQUIRE NON-SOF SUPPORT
MARSOF require external augmentation or support to offset limitations in airlift, fires, tactical logistics, mobility and combat service support (CSS).