COMMANDER - Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III
SERGEANT MAJOR - Sgt. Maj. Douglas B. Schaefer



​Critical Skills Operators

 Special Operations Officers

​Special Operations Capabilities Specialists

Special Operations Combat Services Specialists


Critical Skills Operators/Special Operations Officers

Critical Skills Operators are the front line Marines and Sailors who are complex problem solvers able to operate across the full spectrum of special operations in small teams under ambiguous, sometimes austere, environments while maintaining a high level of mental flexibility and physical endurance. CSOs exemplify the Marine Corps’ concepts of distributed operations and the strategic corporal. These warrior-diplomats are able to operate across the spectrum of force. They are experts in utilizing the right force at the right time with the right effect. MARSOC forces provide foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and direct action capabilities to commanders.


 ​Special Operations Capabilities and Combat Services Specialists

Special Operations Capabilities Specialists include Joint Terminal Attack Controllers who call in close air support aircraft and indirect fires for Marine special operations teams; communicators, who plan, install, operate, maintain and protect organic narrowband, voice, video and data radios, terminals and services in support of assigned missions; intelligence enablers who provide geospatial, human and signals intelligence; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians. Special Operations Combat Service Support Specialists provide intrinsic combat service support and logistics capabilities including administrative, fiscal, medical, engineer, ammunition and supply.


MARSOC Information

LOCATION: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

ESTABLISHED: Feb. 24, 2006

MISSION: MARSOC’s mission is to train, sustain, and deploy scalable, expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command. To accomplish that, MARSOC equips and trains Marines to succeed in austere conditions against a wide range of adversaries. MARSOC executes complex, distributed operations in uncertain environments, achieving silent success and strategic impact.

PEOPLE: Nearly 3,000


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