Marine Special Operations Regiment (MSOR)
Marine Special Operations Advisor Group (MSOAG)
Foreign Military Training Unit (FMTU)
The Marine Special Operations Regiment (MSOR), based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, consists of a Headquarters Company and 3 Marine Special Operations Battalions. The Regiment provides tailored military combat-skills training and advisor support for identified foreign forces in order to enhance their tactical capabilities and to prepare the environment as directed by USSOCOM, as well as the capability to form the nucleus of a Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF). Marines and Sailors of the MSOR train, advise and assist friendly host nation forces, including naval and maritime military and paramilitary forces, to enable them to support their governments' internal security and stability, to counter subversion and to reduce the risk of violence from internal and external threats. MSOR deployments are coordinated by MARSOC, through USSOCOM, in accordance with engagement priorities for Overseas Contingency Operations.
On 24 February 2006, US Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) was activated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. MARSOC initially consisted of a small staff and the Foreign Military Training Unit (FMTU), which had been formed to conduct foreign internal defense. The Marine Special Operations Regiment traces is history to the formation of the FMTU. Soon after its formation, the FMTU was redesignated as the Marine Special Oprations Advisor Group (MSOAG).
In April 2009, the MSOAG was redesignated as the Marine Special Operations Regiment with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalions as subordinate units. The 1st and 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalions had been activated in the months following the formation of MARSOC and initially assigned directly to it. The newly activated 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion incorporated the structure and personnel from MSOAG's former companies.
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