The United States Armed Forces deserve every American’s gratitude, honor, and support — their vigilance and courage ensures that we can live peaceful lives.
All the branches — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard — contribute to our national security and safety. But some units, special operations units, our unconventional forces, comprise the tip of the spear that is America’s military lethality.
And among our unconventional forces, one is unique.
“The Marine Corps considers all Marines Special Forces, but Special Operations Command only MARSOC – Marines with Marine Special Operations Command special forces.”
As written at Marines.mil:
In October 2005, the secretary of defense directed the formation of a Marine component of U.S. Special Operations Command. It was determined the Marine Corps would initially form a unit of approximately 2,500 to serve with USSOCOM.
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As a service component of USSOCOM, MARSOC is tasked by the commander of USSOCOM to train, organize, equip and when directed by commander of USSOCOM, deploy task organized, scalable and responsive U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Forces worldwide in support of combatant commanders and other agencies.
The MARSOC Mission and Vision shed more light on this elite member of U.S. Unconventional Forces:
MARSOC’S MISSION is to recruit, train, sustain, and deploy scalable, expeditionary forces worldwide to accomplish special operations missions assigned by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). 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.
MARSOC’S VISION is to be America’s force of choice to provide small lethal expeditionary teams for global special operations. With tight-knit teams of agile and adaptable operators, MARSOC will continue to punch well above its weight class.
As I wrote in 2015, in my Special Forces installment titled, “US Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 2“:
For those few proud and brave who want to up the ante, there’s MARSOC.
What does MARSOC do?
MARSOC operators conduct “short strikes and small-scale offensive actions to seize, destroy, capture, recover, or inflict damage in hostile or denied areas. They acquire information about the capabilities, intentions, and activities of an enemy. They collect intelligence and prepare for future operations at the direction of USSOCOM.”
Further, MARSOC carries out Security Force Assistance (for foreign allies), Counterterrorism, Foreign Internal Defense, and Counterinsurgency.
MARSOC units conduct “missions by direction of the SOCOM Commander. These missions are normally conducted in irregular and unconventional settings.”
As one might assume, forces tasked with “complex, distributed operations in uncertain environments,” expect an exceptionally high risk of danger and bodily harm. MARSOC team members accept that risk and train ruthlessly to mitigate most certain injuries and fatalities.
Enter the MARSOC Foundation:
The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides benevolent support to active duty and medically retired MARSOC Raiders and their families, as well as to the families of Raiders who have lost their lives in service to our Nation.
The MARSOC Foundation assists in the following ways:
- Assisting MARSOC personnel who are injured or wounded in combat, contingency operations, or training with special needs by funding advanced rehabilitation, operational health and performance programs and equipment, and advanced vocational training
- Assisting the families of MARSOC personnel dealing with health and welfare challenges
- Honoring those who have fallen by supporting funeral services and commemorations for MARSOC personnel, travel costs to funeral services and commemorations not covered by the Department of Defense, and construction and upkeep of memorials
- Supporting programs and activities that enhance resiliency for the service member and family, including support during the transition process and with reintegration following combat and contingency operations
ROBAR Companies supports the MARSOC Foundation, donating metal finishes, engraving, and gunsmithing on their carbines. The rifles below were modified and refinished and auctioned off by the MARSOC Foundation, reaping some hefty coin for that great organization, its warriors, the fallen, and the warrior’s families.
Suffice it to say, all who patronize ROBAR are partners in the effort to support this unconventional force, the MARSOC Raiders, via the MARSOC Foundation. Together we help give these brave operators the best possible weaponry, improving the odds that our teams will come home safely and whole, and that any enemies of the U.S. and our forces will be neutralized or eliminated.
What better gift could we give than to assist our Special Forces with their missions?
ROBAR is honored and proud to help equip MARSOC operators, giving the best of the best the weaponry needed to “always win.”
Image credit: © Vance Jacobs, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 2014