MARSOC evolving into Marine Raiders might have been the greatest asymmetrical operation in the history of MARSOC. Half kidding, but it was a long road filled with lots of conflict along the way. In typical Marine fashion, the USMC was stubborn, and MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) used the tools they had to accomplish the mission.

Before we go forward discussing the name change, it would be unjust if I fail to mention how we got to this point.

In 2003, the Marine Corps established a pilot program called Marine Corps Detachment One to assess our capability to operate in the special operations space. It was disbanded in 2006 and was succeeded by MARSOC. In 2006, 1st and 2nd Force Reconnaissance Companies cased their colors and became 1st and 2nd Marine Special Operations Bn, now 1st and 2nd Marine Raider Bn.

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