MarSOC marks its 3rd anniversary

By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Mar 2, 2009 17:37:32 EST

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — When Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command becomes fully operational capable in two years, “the sky’s the limit,” its commander, Maj. Gen. Mastin Robeson, said Monday.

The command, which marked its third anniversary during a morning at Camp Lejeune, saw about a 30-percent increase in its number of deployments in the past year, Robeson said. That’s proof, he said, that MarSOC is living up to the expectations of U.S. Special Operations Command.

“All the things they’re trained to do, Marine Special Operations Command has done it,” Robeson said. “The standard that’s been set has been set by Marines.”

Sixty Marines going through MarSOC’s first Individual Training Course, launched in October 2008, have completed about three-quarters of the course. MarSOC officials spent about a year designing the seven-month-long course, which standardizes the basic capabilities expected of Special Operations Marines.

Currently, MarSOC stands at approximately 2,100 Marines and sailors, just 400 shy of its goal.

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