Do Not Sacrifice the Marine Corps for MARSOC to Succeed the MARSOC Closed Loop Personnel Policy Proposal
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The United State Marine Corps has always stood as the nations force in readiness, prepared to respond to any crisis that may arise. In the modern era, multiple worldwide crises have arisen, and the nation has relied on its Marines again to resolve these crises. The Marine Corps, through the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command MARSOC, is working to be more than crisis response, but is trying to prevent crises before they arise. As a major subordinate command of the United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM, MARSOC Marines deploy to partner nation countries in order to assist them in the Global War on Terror. Despite belonging to USSOCOM, the Marines and Sailors of MARSOC must not lose their identity or become a replica of the United States Army Special Forces Command, yet the closed-loop policy proposed for MARSOC Marines and Sailors will lead to that end. MARSOC must avoid creating a closed-loop personnel system because this practice will not increase SOF interoperability within the Marine Corps and will deprive junior Marines of SOF trained mentors and trainers.
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