Posts Tagged ‘MARSOC’

MARSOC to Receive New Breast Insignia

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

By OUSMCC, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Marines serving in the military occupational specialties of critical skills operators (0372) and special operations officers (0370), are now authorized to wear the newly created breast insignia.

This change will be reflected in updates to Marine Corps Orders 1200.17E and P1020.34G.

The new uniform item, now referred to as “Marine Special Operator Insignia,” will be awarded to Marines at the completion of the Individual Training Course (ITC). ITC is an extensive five-phase training program that prepares selected Marines for global special operations duties, roles and responsibilities, for 196 days before heading to more specialized curriculums. In total, these Marines complete no less than 268 days of training before joining the operating forces.

“The individual MARSOC operator must be trained and educated to think critically and function in an increasingly complex operating environment — to understand and interact in dynamic, dangerous and politically-sensitive battlefields,” said Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. “Our rigorous training pipeline ensures that a newly minted critical skills operator has developed the skills required for full spectrum special operations. This badge serves as a visual certification that they have trained and prepared to accept their new responsibilities.”

The center of the 2” x 2.75” insignia consists of the bald eagle, representing the United States, with outstretched wings to symbolize the global reach of the U.S. Marine Corps. A dagger clutched by the eagle reflects the emblem of Marine Raider Battalions and the Marine Special Operations School. The Southern Cross constellation superimposed on the dagger represents the historic achievements of the Marines serving during the Pacific campaign of WWII, specifically those actions on Guadalcanal. The Southern Cross remains a part of the legacy of modern-day Marine Corps Raider units.

“It’s a representation of the pride and legacy that dates back to the Marine Raiders of World War II. This badge will distinguish a SOF-qualified Marine, just as the combat crew wings distinguish an aviation crew chief or the jump wings and dive bubble distinguish a Recon Marine,” said a critical skills operator.

The Latin phrase “Spiritus Invictus” is inscribed on the scroll above the eagle’s head, translating to, “Unconquerable Spirit.” Marines must demonstrate that spirit during their arduous curriculum in order to attain the MOS and be awarded the Marine Special Operator Insignia.

The device the Marine Corps actually chose is quite a bit different than the variant seen below which was developed by some CSOs a couple of years ago.

MDM – Amazing What Shows Up In The MARSOC Booth

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I’m not sure which impresses me more; the places I see the SIG MCX show up, or that MARSOC is the Honey Badger of SOF.  They definitely have no issue doing it their way.  This is by no means an indication of adoption but it’s good to see that are checking things out and have no qualms about acknowledging it. 
Noticeably absent from this impressive display of weapons? The M45A1 CQBP.

MARSOC Advanced Sniper Training

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I’ve been to this training site before. Jim Smith’s Spartan Tactical is an excellent facility made for precision marksmanship.

MARSOC – Today Will Be Different

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Colt Officially Announces MARSOC CQB Pistol Contract Award

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


Yesterday Colt announced their award for the M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol.

Colt Defense LLC has been awarded an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity contract by the U.S. Marine Corps for up to 12,000 M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols (CQBP), plus spares and logistical support. The new CQBP is a direct descendant of the iconic Colt M1911 adopted by the U.S. military in 1911 and carried as the primary sidearm through all the major conflicts of the 20th century.

The CQBP contract is for a five-year period and has a potential value of up to $22.5 million. The CQBP expands on a long history of MARCORSYSCOM re-building original Government-issue 1911s, primarily for use by Force Recon and MARSOC units.

“This is a truly gratifying contract award,” said Gerry Dinkel, President and CEO of Colt Defense. “To have the 1911 selected again for U.S. Forces 101 years after its initial introduction is just an incredible testament to the timeless design and effectiveness of the Colt 1911. Colt Defense looks forward to another great partnership with the Marine Corps as we renew industry production of the military 1911.”

The initial Delivery Order on the contract is for 4036 CQBP, plus spares. Deliveries will begin later this year.

Test Article Photos of MARSOC Winning Colt Rail Guns

Friday, July 20th, 2012

These rather interesting photos come from TEST REPORT FOR THE CLOSE QUARTERS BATTLE PISTOL (CQBP) BID SAMPLES, PHASE II and are of Colt test articles from the CQB Pistol solicitation which was just awarded to Colt yesterday. They depict various frame cracks.

Guns 11, 12, 14 and 15 (1-10 were not fire tested) fired 12,000 rounds before being deadlined due to visible safety-critical cracks found in the slides. Each slide had cracks in the same location, but they varied in size.

One gun had its recoil spring bend enough to bind the slide to the point it no longer could be tested, it was withdrawn from testing.

USMC Announces Close Quarter Battle Pistol Contract Award to Colt

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

On Monday we reported that the new MARSOC M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol would be the Colt Rail Gun in .45. Guess what? We were right. Remember, you heard it here first.


Less than two hours ago MARCORSYSCOM announced the award for “$22500000”. Here is the award announcement on FedBizOpps.