TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN A DISTINGUISHED CAREER

CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR

Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) are assigned to billets at the team, company, and battalion levels. Enlisted Marines are designated CSOs and awarded the 0372 Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

CSOs will maintain this MOS for the duration of their Marine Corps career.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS OFFICER

Special Operations Officers (SOOs) serve as team commanders an other SOF billets at the team, company and battalion levels. Officers are awarded the 0370 MOS.

SOOs will maintain this MOS for the duration of their Marine Corps career.

 

 

PREREQUISITES

CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATORS

  • Have a minimum General Technical (GT) score of 105.

  • Have a minimum Physical Fitness Test (PFT) score of 235. 

  • Be able to pass the MARSOC swim assessment.

  • Meet the MARSOC medical screening criteria.

  • Be eligible to obtain and maintain a secret clearance.

  • Upon selection, to make a lateral move to the critical skills operator MOS.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS OFFICERS

  • Have a minimum General Classification Test (GTC) score of 110.

  • Have a minimum Physical Fitness Test (PFT) score of 235. 

  • Be able to pass the MARSOC swim assessment.

  • Meet the MARSOC medical screening criteria.

  • Be eligible to obtain and maintain a secret clearance.

  • Upon selection, to make a lateral move to the special operations officer MOS.

 

 

Assessment & selection


Phase 1

The three-week A&S Phase 1 course executes a program that identifies and recommends Marines who demonstrate the physical and mental capability of achieving success during Phase 2.

Aside from the physical training, which includes running, swimming and hiking, the course incorporates a mix of classroom instruction and practical application of basic Marine Corps knowledge and MARSOC and Special Operations Forces fundamentals. 

A&S Phase 1 completion does not guarantee selection.


Phase 2 

A&S Phase 2 is a mentally and physically challenging evaluation that enables MARSOC to identify Marines that have attributes compatible with special operations missions and the MARSOC way of life. A&S is highly competitive.


Individual Training Course (ITC) 

Marines selected for assignment as CSOs or SOOs attend ITC, a nine-month program that builds multidimensional operators capable of operating across the full spectrum of special operations, and aware of the strategic context in which they operate.

Officers attend MARSOC Team Commander’s Course (MTCC), which coincides with ITC.