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Marine Forces Special Operations Command
Seal of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).svg
Seal of the Marine Special Operations Command
Active24 February 2006 – present[1]
CountryUnited States Marine Forces Special Operations Command United States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Forces Special Operations Command United States Marine Corps
TypeSpecial Operations
Role
  • Direct Action
  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Foreign Internal Defense
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Counter-terrorism
  • High Value Targets/Manhunting
  • Hostage Rescue
Size3,195 positions authorized:[2]
  • 2,994 military personnel
  • 201 civilian personnel
Part ofUnited States Special Operations Command Insignia.svg U.S. Special Operations Command
Garrison/HQCamp Lejeune, North Carolina
Motto(s)"Always Faithful, Always Forward"
March"MARSOC Always Faithful, Always Forward"
Anniversaries7 September 2015
EngagementsWar on Terror
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Inherent Resolve[3]
  • Operation Juniper Shield
  • Operation Pacific Eagle – Philippines[4]
  • Operation Freedom's Sentinel
Commanders
CommanderMajGen Matthew G. Trollinger
Sergeant MajorSgtMaj Anthony J. Loftus
Command Master ChiefMCPO Joseph Martin
Notable
commanders
see List of commanders

United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command[5] (MARSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that comprises the Marine Corps' contribution to SOCOM. Its core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance and foreign internal defense. MARSOC has also been directed to conduct counter-terrorism and information operations.[6]

  1. ^ SOCOM Public Affairs (2014). SOCOM Fact Book 2014 (PDF). SOCOM Public Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2013.
  2. ^ Special Operations Forces Opportunities Exist to Improve Transparency of Funding and Assess Potential to Lessen Some Deployments. GAO-15-571 (PDF) (Report). Government Accountability Office. July 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ "More U.S. troops are being wounded in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon quietly acknowledges". Military Times. 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ South, Todd (7 May 2018). "Leading over 800 enemy kills to guiding elite forces: These Marines were honored for combat ops". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Marine Forces Special Operations Command". Marine Forces Special Operations Command. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  6. ^ Hejlik, Dennis J; Gilmore, Cliff W.; Ingram, Matthew P (August 2006). "Special Operations Marines and the Road Ahead". Marine Corps Gazette. Marine Corps Association. 90 (8): 39. ISSN 0025-3170.

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