The Marine Corps Times reports that the Marine Corps’ Special Operations Command will change their name back to the distinction that was born in the Pacific during World War II;
During MARSOC’s change of command ceremony at its headquarters in Sneads Ferry, N.C., Gen. Jim Amos said all units within the parent command would undergo a name change: 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion would become 1st Marine Raider Battalion, and so forth.
The move is a significant reversal for Amos, who has been careful to maintain official distance between the eight-year-old legacy of MARSOC and that of the Raiders, who many people consider the first elite Marine operators. In 2011, Amos rejected a proposal to rename MARSOC for the Raiders during a gathering of general officers in New Orleans, saying, according to one general in attendance, ‘your allegiance, your loyalty … is to the Marine Corps, based on the title you have on your uniform.’”
I wonder why they didn’t do this sooner, actually. I always thought that “Raiders” had more cachet than “MARSOC”. But it’s a big year full of win for Marines – this name change and you get to roll your sleeves up. Watch out, al Qaeda.
Thanks to Andy for the link.
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