MARINES AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS: A NATURAL MATCH
MARINE RAIDERS IN HISTORY
MARSOC builds on two centuries of Marine Corps tradition going all the way back to the Shores of Tripoli, epitomizing agility and the amphibious expeditionary nature at the heart of the Corps’ mission.
The Marine Raiders of World War II are MARSOC’s immediate forbearers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to create a commando-style force, to operate behind enemy lines and conduct amphibious light infantry warfare; the Marine Corps was the natural home for such elite units , and the Marine Raiders were activated in 1942. Four battalions served operationally before disbanding at the end of World War II.
ACTIVATION OF MARSOC
After a successful trial deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, Marine Corps Special Operations Forces officially joined USSOCOM and MARSOC was created in February 2006.
At its founding, MARSOC aimed to reach Full Operations Capability by October 2008. Through tireless effort and unflagging commitment, the Marines, Sailors and civilians of MARSOC made it happen.
MARSOC maintains a robust, persistent, full spectrum forward-deployed SOF presence in AFRICOM, CENTCOM, and PACOM in order to conduct special operations as directed by those geographic commanders.
Marine Raiders are deployed across the globe in austere environments to combat terrorism, support our nation’s partners and promote stability and peace. MARSOC has been deployed continuously since the deployment of its first units in August 2006. To this day, the men and women of MARSOC are contributing to the proud legacy of the Corps, and furthering the reputation of U.S. special forces as elite warriors at the tip of the spear.