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United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance information


Force Reconnaissance
US Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance Insignia.svg
Force Recon insignia
ActiveJune 19, 1957 – present
CountryUnited States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance United States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance United States Marine Corps
TypeSpecial Operations Capable (SOC)
RoleDirect support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force

Joint Task Force

  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Deep Reconnaissance
  • Long-Range Reconnaissance
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Direct Action
  • Hydrographic Reconnaissance
  • Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS)
  • Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO)
Size835 (consisting of five 167-member companies: three active duty (one in each Marine expeditionary force) and two Marine Forces Reserve[1]
Part ofFleet Marine Force (FMF)
  • Atlantic (FMFLant)
  • Pacific (FMFPac)
Nickname(s)Force Recon, FORECON
PatronDion Williams
James L. Jones Sr.
Bruce F. Meyers
Joseph Z. Taylor
Motto(s)Celer, Silens, Mortalis
("Swift, Silent, Deadly")
EngagementsVietnam War
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Just Cause
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Restore Hope
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Inherent Resolve

Force Reconnaissance (FORECON) is one of the United States Marine Corps' special operations capable forces (SOC) which supplies military intelligence to the command element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). Force Reconnaissance companies unlike USMC division reconnaissance report to the Marine expeditionary force (MEF) and provide direct action and deep reconnaissance during large-scale operations.

The Marine Corps also has Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Raider Battalions that were originally composed of Marine Special Operations Teams formed from Force Recon platoons (Det One) in 2006. MARSOC now has its own separate training pipeline. Force Recon companies continue to operate and focus primarily on direct action, intelligence gathering and maritime raid operations in the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) role.

  1. ^ "Organization of Marine Corps Forces MCRP 5-12D" (PDF). marines.mil. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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