TITLE

Should Marines 'Join' Special Operations Command?

AUTHOR(S)
Parks, W. Hays
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2003, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The U.S. Marine Corps has announced it will assign selected personnel to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCom). There were sound reasons for that decision. A purported result would be a major Marine organizationwithin special operations, on a par with the Navy's Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) teams or the Army's Special Forces, with traditional special forces missions. Marine Raider battalions in World War II paralleled establishment of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner to Army Special Forces (and the Central Intelligence Agency), Navy Underwater Demolition Teams, and Army Rangers. How committed the Marine Corps is to a counterpart to Army Special Forces or Navy SEALs must be judged in view of the fact that Marine reconnaissance units were described as broken.
ACCESSION #
9750294

 

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