First US MARSOF Individual Training Course has begun.

Press Release: Michael Warren Armistead – Captain, USMC – Public Affairs Officer
Published: October 20, 2008

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE N.C.  (October 20, 2008) U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command started its first class of the Marine Special Operations Forces (MARSOF) Individual Training Course here, Oct. 6, 2008.

Sixty Marines who successfully completed MARSOC’s assessment and selection process began the new nine-month course designed to prepare Marines to conduct special operations missions in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The ITC will provide the required capabilities as identified by U.S. Special Operations Command and the MARSOC Commander. The curriculum, which MARSOC spent the past year developing, will provide entry-level, full spectrum special operations training for the newly-selected Marines.

This course is part of MARSOC’s larger effort to standardize the basic capabilities of Marine Special Operations Forces producing a MARSOF Marine. The course is a single training track which provides a baseline of skills including essential special operations tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as language and cultural training.

if you want to know more about MARSOC and MARSOF, and you’re having difficulty accessing the official websites (like I’ve just had), there is an article in progress on Wikipedia…

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