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i've been thinking about wether or not to go into the marines or the special forces.

What does the marines offer that is similar to the special forces. Which has the longer and more intense training.? Which do yall think is better?

For me I think the marines. If you want specops in the marines join the meu, force recon, scout snipers, FAST, etc

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Look up Det 1, last time I read something about Marines being part of SF is this unit. Its very brand new unit. I'll try to find a link for you.

Since I too was in the Corp, my vote would be for you to join the Corp.

Make sure your MOS is Infantry.

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The Marines have some good people. But having high speed gear, select weapons, and a lot of lateral, individual athority isn't what SF is about, or what makes us different. It isn't what most people think. In this regard, most people miss the target.

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Det-1 was actually disbanded, it was a proof of concept more or less, and has led to what is now/going to be MARSOC out of Camp LeJeune.

Experimental Marine SOCOM deactivates

Story by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 10, 2006) -- Established as a two-year experiment and the Marine Corps' first force contribution to U.S. Special Operations Command, the 100-man Marine Corps Special Operations Command Detachment One was deactivated in a ceremony here March 10.

"This unit was an absolute success story," said Col. Robert. J. Coates, commanding officer, Detachment One, during his remarks at the ceremony.

"Whatever we wanted or needed to do, we did with nothing less than noteworthy excellence and unmatched dedication to the mission at hand."

During the ceremony, the detachment was honored for its heroic actions in Iraq, its contribution to Marine Corps history and most importantly, its work in pavingthe way for the newly activated and 2,600-member Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, based out of Camp Lejeune.

"All Marines with this unit can forever hold their heads high for a job extremely well done," said Lt. Gen. John F. Goodman, commanding general, Marine Forces Pacific, who presided over the ceremony.

The dedication and experience of the Marines from this unit is an invaluable asset to the Marine Corps.

"We went overseas to make America proud. To see the detachment deactivate was a sad day," said Master Sgt. Charles H. Padilla, a 42 year old Chula Vista Marine who served as recon platoon sergeant for Detachment One. "But, the Marines will be better for it. Many of these Marines will take their experiences and benefit others throughout the Marine Corps."

With a heritage tracing back to the Marine Raiders of World War II, Detachment One formally activated on June 20, 2003 aboard Camp Pendleton.

Touted as a 'proof of concept,' its mission was to prove the Marine Corps' ability to create a unit capable of operating at the level required of USSOCOM forces, such as Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces.

Put into motion by then Commandant James L. Jones following the Sept. 11 attacks, the decision to establish Detachment One as the Marine Corps' first contribution of forces to USSOCOM was historic.

In nine short months from its activation, Detachment One overcame a lack of precedent and doctrine to successfully transition from a paper concept to a fully operational unit ready to deploy to Iraq for special operations.

Built as a task-organized and integrated raid force, the detachment was capable of independently performing the full spectrum of battlefield functions such as command and control, intelligence and fires support, while also planning for and executing missions such as direct action, special reconnaissance and coalition support.

From March to September 2004, Detachment One conducted a successful and historically significant combat deployment to Iraq as an independent task unit under Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula.

During these six months, the detachment executed a full range of special operations missions, exploiting numerous insurgent and terrorist networks and facilitating the transfer of authority to the Iraqi Interim Government.

Approximately one year after the detachment's homecoming, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a joint recommendation by U.S. Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps to formally establish a Marine special operations component to USSOCOM; a testament to the detachment's accomplishments and hard work.

Last month, MARSOC was officially activated during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune. The new unit, commanded by Brig. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, will be comprised of approximately 2,600 Marines and will fall under operational control of USSOCOM, headquartered in Tampa, Fla.

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