Amid the Department of Defence’s historic change to open all combat jobs to women, the Marine Corps accepted the first female applicants to the sister service branches’ special operations command (MARSOC).
An average of 11 months of gruelling training and the mastery of seven weapons are just some of the hurdles to join the elite tier of the Corps’.
After serving three years as a Marine, MARSOC candidates arrive at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in the best shape of their lives.
Some of the physical assessments include a 300 yard swim in cammies and a brutal 12-mile timed rucksack run carrying 45 pounds of gear.
Come along to MARSOC and see what the training is like.
MARSOC training begins with Phase One, a 10 week long course that focuses on basic skills that all operators will need to master.
All Marines must also master survival skills such as Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).
After a successful completion of Phase One, Marines enter into 8 weeks of Small Unit Tactics in Phase Two.
After completion of Phase Two, successful Marines enter into 5 weeks of Close Quarters Battles training.
Phase Three focuses on the necessary martial skills that all MARSOC operators must master to survive during their missions.
... As well as learning the tactics and techniques required for successfully conducting raids on urban, rural, and maritime objects.
This phase, dubbed Irregular Warfare, requires that Marines demonstrate a complete mastery of all preceding skills.
MARSOC operators are required to then train, advise, and successfully operate with the partner nation forces. MARSOC has operated in more than 40 countries.
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