MARSOC to be Renamed to Honor Raiders

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Jim Amos has announced that all units in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will be undergoing a name change to honor the elite Marine Raiders of World War II.

Although Gen. Amos had previously rejected a 2011 proposal to change the name of MARSOC, over the past few years he had appeared to slowly change his mind, even appearing as the guest of honor at the Marine Raiders reunion last August.

This name change will create a historical link between the Marine Raiders - who mounted long-term missions behind enemy lines without any logistical support - and Special Operations Command personnel, who make great use of unconventional warfare tactics and methods.

Despite the name change, the MARSOC soldiers will still continue to use their current unit emblem, and not adopt the Raiders blue and red emblem with skull. Although some soldiers have worn the Raiders patch without authorization.