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 we build on our Corps legacy: we go forward to win the war before it starts.
WWII Marine Raiders
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.
Today will be different
Our mission is to recruit, train, sustain, and deploy scalable, expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). To accomplish that, we equip and train Marines to succeed in austere conditions against a wide range of adversaries. Marine Raiders execute complex, distributed operations in uncertain environments, achieving silent success and strategic impact.
Earn it Every Day
Our 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 operators, we will continue to punch well above our weight class.
Always Faithful, Always Forward
Humans are greater than hardware
We maintain clear selection standards to ensure Marine Raiders are mature, experienced, and capable warfighters.
Quality over Quantity
We establish training procedures that enable Marine Raiders to meet or exceed every Special Operations Forces (SOF) standard.
SOF cannot be mass produced
We build our capabilities deliberately and methodically.
A competent SOF cannot be created after a crisis
We act decisively to increase U.S. special operations capabilities so our Marines and Sailors are better able to anticipate—and prevent—emergencies.
Most special operations require non-SOF support
We require external augmentation and support to offset limitations in airlift, fires, tactical logistics, mobility, and combat service support (CSS).