In order to plug gaps in its elite special operations units, the Corps wants to grow by 300 more Marines than it originally submitted for in its recent budget.
The fiscal year 2019 budget request originally called for increasing the Corps by 1,100 Marines, with an emphasis on cyber electronic warfare. Now, the Corps plans to grow by 1,400.
The additional 300 Marines are to “flush out our shortages at Marine Special Operations Command,” or MARSOC, Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn M. Walters told audience members at a defense forum in early March.
Faced with a nearly 11 percent manpower shortage across the elite Marine Raiderunits, the American commandos need to grow by an additional 368 Marines to hit their approved end-strength goal of 3,110, said Maj. Nick Mannweiler, a spokesman for MARSOC.