This screen grab shows the Marine Special Operations Command website launched July 16. (MARSOC)
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A new website launched July 16 by Marine Corps Special Operations Command seeks to entice more Marines to apply to become operators or support personnel within the organization.
The site, Marsoc.com, features a nearly 3½-minute video showcasing operators on an unconventional mission somewhere in the jungles of Latin America.
Playing up the irregular nature of the job, the video shows uniformed operators changing into civilian clothes and hopping into the back of a beat up pickup waiting at a rendezvous point. The truck speeds off and the video fades to the unit’s recruiting motto, “Today will be different.”
The video emphasizes the qualities operators must possess, including the ability to make independent decisions and the tendency toward constant education and self-improvement.
“As MARSOC continues to develop and manage our personnel, we are targeting potential recruits from the Marine Corps, specifically corporals, sergeants, first lieutenants and captains so we can train and educate them to meet MARSOC’s future needs,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Storm, a MARSOC spokesman.
Beyond just selling the job to potential recruits, the site also helps prepare them for the selection process and addresses questions and concerns family members may have. It addresses everything from the financial perks for joining MARSOC to expected operations tempo and time away from loved ones.
At its most basic, the site outlines the minimum requirements to join and directs Marines to East or West Coast recruiters. But it also contains materials for download, including a 10-week conditioning plan meant to help recruits prepare for the rigors of MARSOC’s screening process.
The command has been working to grow in size. Early this year, plans called to hit 3,625 personnel by 2016. Officials have offered generous benefits to those who make the cut, including some of the service’s highest re-enlistment bonuses, which for MARSOC topped out at $50,500 this year.
Marine officials have said the demand for special operations forces is increasing and stretching current personnel thin, creating a need for more recruits.