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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).

 

 
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 MARINES AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS: A NATURAL MATCH

 
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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.

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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.

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MARSOC TODAY

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.

 

 
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MARSOC is a team that takes care of its own.

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Marines are our most important resource. We take excellent care of them, providing world-class training to prepare Marines for deployments, including dealing with stress. MARSOC looks out for Marines’ physical, psychological, and spiritual needs with a cadre of fitness trainers, nutritionists, medical personnel, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains dedicated to the total well-being of the Marines of MARSOC.

 

 

MARSOC families are part of the team.

Flexibility, trust, and communication hold a MARSOC family together. As a spouse, you may find yourself taking on new responsibilities. Trust your ability to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy while your Marine is serving. You are a full and active part of your family—and of MARSOC. Families who take advantage of MARSOC’s resources and spouse network can thrive.

MARSOC values the family.

MARSOC supports a robust network of Family Readiness Officers (FROs) and volunteers who provide support for families, whether it be a spouse, parent, or significant other. MARSOC has tools to support and help you—and help you support your Marine. No question is too small for the FROs or MARSOC counselors.

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