TAMPA, Fla. ― The commander of the Corps’ Raider commando outfit said at a special operations conference Tuesday that he didn’t believe the Raiders would be disbanded and that the elite force might even grow.
Maj. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, the commander of Marine Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, was responding to a question from an audience member at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, regarding worries from industry leaders about making equipment for the Raiders, especially if the unit was on the chopping block.
“I don’t think so,” Yoo said, noting there may even be “potential” for growth. “In our short history we’ve come a long ways.”
That growth may come from Raider enablers known as special operations capability specialists, who are cut to MARSOC for a tour of duty and eventually return to their primary occupation within the Marine Corps, Yoo told Marine Corps Times in an interview.