Should Marines 'Join' Special Operations Command?

Parks, W. Hays
May 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2003, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p4
Conference Proceeding
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.


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