Recon Battalion Overview The Marine Recon Battalions are the eyes and ears of the Marine Divisions. Over the years they have consisted of anywhere from one to five companies, according to the perceived needs of the Division and the size of the Marine Corps at the time. There are three active duty Recon Battalions and More »
United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
MARSOC is the newest addition to the arsenal of Special Operations Forces. They were formally activated on February 24, 2006. The initial operators assigned to the newly formed MARSOC were taken from the then deactivated Force Recon Companies.
So you want to be a Recon Marine? First, not that we have to say it, but you need to become a US Marine. You can start the process by talking with your local recruiter and telling them you want to go Recon, or by visiting Marines.com. Listed below are entry requirements for anyone looking More »
Here’s a rundown of the weapons currently used by Recon Battalions: M4 Carbine The M4 is a direct gas impingement rifle that fires the NATO 5.56. The standard M4 barrel length is 14.5, but can be outfitted with different barrel length uppers. M9 The M9 Beretta is a semi-automatic pistol that fires a 9mm More »
Your life at Recon Battalion is basically broken down into phases. This, of course, is once you’re an operational member of a team. And, with the current level of combat deployments, this “phase” system is not always in place. Of course, when guys aren’t sweating it out training for war, there’s plenty of time off. More »
First off, let’s discuss the specific role of Recon Battalion (or Division Recon). They are the eyes and ears of the Marine Division, providing ground and amphibious reconnaissance and surveillance support. With the recent reorganization of the reconnaissance community, Recon Battalion is also providing direct support to the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) in the form More »
Before Special Operations was even a term, the Marine Corps tried to cultivate the capability. The Marine Raider Battalions and Amphibious Reconnaissance Companies of WWII formed the basis of all of the Marine Corps’ capabilities in the field of SOF ever since. Today, the Marine Corps Special Operations Capable forces are divided between the Recon More »