Special Operations Capability Specialists (SOCS) are Marines who provide combat support expertise in intelligence, fire support, communications, and canine operations as part of the Marine Raiders.  SOCS are assigned to billets at the team, company, and battalion levels. Enlisted Marines are designated SOCS and awarded the 8071 Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). SOCS are assigned to MARSOC for 5-year tours and are eligible for additional career-enhancing opportunities within the special operations community.

The MARSOC Combat Support Orientation Course (MCSOC) is designed to identify Marines from combat support MOS who are interested in a tour in special operations. MCSOC will educate these Marines about the unique challenges, opportunities, training and operations that await those assigned to MARSOC to become SOCS.

Eligible MOSs

SOF All-Source Intel Specialists
0231 E-4 through E-7

SOF CI/HUMINT Specialists
0211 E-4 through E-7

SOF Communications Specialists
0621, 0651, 0629, 0659, 0681, 0689, 2821, 2823, 2841, 2847, 2862 E-4 through E-7

SOF EOD Technician
2336 E-5 through E-9

SOF Fires Specialists
0861 E-5 through E-7

SOF Geospatial Specialists
0241 and 0261 E-4 through E-7

SOF Multi-Purpose Canine Handler
5811 E-4 through E-5

SOF SIGINT Specialists
26XX E-4 through E-7


Upon assignment to MARSOC, Marines attend the SOF Training Course (STC), Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE), and advanced SOF-specific MOS training. This program is designed to equip high-performing Marines with additional skills and concepts required to be effective in special operations.