MARSOC – Marine Special Operations Command
MARSOF – Marine Special Operations Forces
In the past, the Marine Corps did not like to use the label, “Special Operations” force or an “elite” squad, because to the Corps, all Marines are elite. (MARSOC) is a component command of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Their core capabilities are special reconnaissance, direct action objectives and foreign internal defense. MARSOC also conducts counter-terrorism operations, information analysis and collection, and may engage in unconventional warfare.
Its creation was announced on November 1, 2005 by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. MARSOC was officially activated on February 24, 2006 with ceremonies at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
To become a MARSOC Marine, you must be mature, intelligent, mentally agile, determined, ethical, physically fit and able to contribute to and collaborate as part of an independent team. They must also be able to function in remote, ambiguous and complex environments with limited support and often work within small teams.
All members of MARSOC are Recruited and Screened, followed by Assessment and Selection(A&S). A&S is an intensive 3 week testing program that determines whether or not a candidate has the attributes required to perform the duties that this elite squad demands. Candidates possessing positive attributes are selected and subsequently assigned to MARSOC.
All MARSOC candidates began attending the Initial Training Course (ITC). ITC is an in-depth training program that covers the culture, technical, and tactical skills required for MARSOC’s assigned tasks. All operators will have the same baseline training and then receive further specialized training based on the unit that they are assigned to.