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United States Marine Corps - Special Operations

United States Marines are already an elite fighting force and have a fine record of performing special operations. This page links to all the various Marine Corps special operations forces that are Featured on this website.



United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is an umbrella organization covering several USMC special ops forces, including Marine Special Operations Companies.

Force Reconnaissance (Force Recon)

Force Recon

Force Recon Marines are the elite deep reconnaissance teams of the Marine Corps.


Reconnaissance Battalions

Battalion Recon

While not technically special operations forces, the Marines of Marine Division Recon are an elite cadre of highly-trained reconnaissance operators.

Scout Snipers

Scout Snipers

Elite marksmen and reconnaissance specialists.




Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company - elite Marines and Sailors tasked with calling in artillery fires and close air support.

Radio Reconnaissance Teams (RRT)

Radio Reconnaissance Teams

Specialised SIGINT units that carry out special operations.


Maritime Raid Force (MRF)

Maritime Raid Force

Marine Expeditionary Units(MEUs) include a specially-trained raiding force.

Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF)


Deployed with each Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) was the Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF). (now stood down and replaced by the Maritime Raid Force concept).


Marine Corps Special Reaction Team

Special Reaction Team

An elite specialist USMC Military Police S.W.A.T. unit.

Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team


FAST Platoons deploy globally to protect USMC, Navy and other U.S. facilities from a range of threats.


Recapture Tactics Team

Recapture Tactics Team

USMC Close Quarter Battle Team protecting US Navy facilties.


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Force Recon Marines pictured firing M4A1 carbines.
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