There are three active duty Recon Battalions and one Reserve. In keeping with the three Marine Divisions they support, 1st Recon Battalion is based on Camp Pendleton in California, 2nd Recon at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and 3rd on Okinawa. Elements of 4th Recon Bn are based throughout the continental US.
Recon Battalions also provide each Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with a Recon platoon. Each Battalion usually has a company dedicated to MEU support.
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