In an effort to efficiently enable critical skills operators and special operations officers, the Marines Forces Special Operations Command is streamlining and formalizing career track models. This effort will also include experiential opportunities that will enhance their effectiveness to the SOF enterprise and the Joint Force. This all follows the release of the MARSOF 2030 guiding document. Being innovative and self-motivating, a Marine Raider is a critical operator and agile thinker with ‘cross-functional knowledge that can identify and address emerging challenges in any environment. In order to understand the ‘future fight’ and the type of Marine Raider it takes to support future operations, MARSOC is working with the Ellis Group at the Marine Corps War Fighting Lab.
RAVEN, the Unit Readiness Exercise, has been integrated with additional layers to its complexity by the Training and Education Directorate. Only being certified with the Marines Special Operations Company at its inception in 2012, RAVEN is evolved and continues to evolve into a multilevel venue, integrating many command structures and capabilities. It is the ultimate test for the Marine Raider, assessing individual and collective abilities to synchronize activities, operations and actions in the information environment with those in the physical environment. There are a wide range of complex tasks that the Marine Raider must proficiently and seamlessly integrate. To name a few (but not limited to this list): developing and understanding emerging problems, influencing allies and partners, and informing decision makers.