US Special Operations Command is reorganizing its workforce as part of its continuous endeavor to save money while maintaining a skilled Marine force.
The United States Special Operations Command was established in 1987, and MARSOC became a part of SOCOM in 2006. The Marine Raider Regiment is a direct-action force specializing in raids, special reconnaissance operations, and foreign internal defense. Marine Raiders deployed and battled in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Africa during the global war on terror. MARSOC has been vying for funding and missions with Naval Special Warfare and Army Special Operations. SOCOM has stated the need of striking a better balance between deterring strategic adversaries and counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations.
General David Berger, Commandant of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, focused on low-visibility and operational preparation for combat operations. The Marine Raiders’ “significant significance lies in their continual forward presence and their deeper cultural and linguistic” abilities. Galvin added that MARSOC has gone a long way, having “better fighting skills.” Berger’s initiative to create a smaller, lighter, more naval-focused force has garnered praise and generated criticism. Like other US special missions groups, Marine Forces Special Operations Command has been strained by near-constant combat operations. However, Berger believes that experience may be used for future great-power rivalry.