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Here is the new breakdown to clear up any confusion with the changes in USMC RECON and the new structure of MARSOC.
RECON still exists! They have simply rearranged the Force RECON teams into MARSOC and the Battalion RECON missions have been largely unchanged. See the details at Camp Pendleton’s Basic RECON Course. But in a nutshell, all future RECON students must attend BRC – BASIC RECON COURSE. You can still do this as a new Marine but you must first qualify after Boot camp and School of Infantry (SOI). The link above will describe the standards that a RECON applicant must adhere to before joining the Marine Occupational Specialty 0321 (RECON Marine). RECON Battalions remained as part of the USMC Divisions and continue to perform missions for the deployed USMC commander. BRC is open to Marines and Navy Hospital Corpsman.
Here is a brief history of USMC RECON and MarSOC:
RECON MISSION: The mission of Force RECON is to “conduct amphibious reconnaissance, deep ground reconnaissance, surveillance, battle space shaping, and limited scale raids in support of the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), other Marine air-ground task forces, or a joint force.”
All future RECON students must attend BRC –
BASIC RECON COURSE taught at the School of Infantry (SOI) West RECON Training
Company in Camp Pendleton, CA. The Basic RECON Course consists of three
Phase 2 is three weeks long and concentrates on small unit tactics, mission planning and includes a nine-day exercise in full mission profiles.
Phase 3 is two weeks and focuses on the maritime mission. Held in Coronado, CA, the Marine will conduct amphibious reconnaissance, boat operations and nautical navigation.
You can still try out for RECON as a new Marine recruit, but you must first qualify after Boot camp and School of Infantry (SOI). The RECON applicant must adhere to the following standards before joining the Marine Occupational Specialty 0321 (RECON Marine):
·US Citizen, score 105 or higher on the General Technical portion of the ASVAB
·Completed Infantry Training Battalion (enlisted Marines)
·3rd Class Swimmer Qualification
·Score at least 225 on your PFT by Phase 1
·No color vision deficiencies
·At least 20/200 vision
RECON Battalions remained as part of the USMC Divisions and continue to perform missions for the deployed USMC commander. BRC is open to Marines and Navy Hospital Corpsman.
For more information see the RECON Websites listed in this article.
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