The efforts of the Marine Raiders on the numerous battlefields of the War on Terror have resulted in them receiving more than a dozen medals of bravery. They have deployed more than 300 times to more than 40 different nations.
The only Marine Corps unit that directly reports to US Special Operations Command is Marine Raiders (SOCOM). They have expertise in direct action, unconventional warfare, maritime interdiction, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency. The Marine Raiders are a single regiment of three battalions today, each of which has a different regional concentration. Operations are carried out by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Raider Battalions alternately for AFRICOM, CENTCOM, and INDOPACOM. The raid on Makin Island, which took place on August 17, 1942, was one of the first American offensive ground actions against imperial Japan and represented a substantial increase in US military involvement in World War II. The Raiders were an experimental group established in 1942 with the goal of carrying out quick amphibious operations in the commando fashion.