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Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOSG)

The Marine Special Operations Support Group (MSOSG) trains, equips, structures, and provides specially qualified Marine forces, including operational logistics, intelligence, multipurpose canines, Firepower Control Teams and communications support in order to sustain worldwide special operations missions as directed by Commander, US Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (COMMARFORSOC).

In May 2010, MARSOC expanded its intelligence capabilities by replacing the intelligence company of the MSOSG with a separate unit, the Marine Special Operations Intelligence Battalion (MIB). The MIB remained assigned to the MSOSG.

In November 2012, MARSOC expanded its logistics and combat support capabilities by replacing the relevant companies within the MSOSG with full battalions. The Marine Special Operations Logistics Battalion (MSOLB) and the Marine Special Operations Combat Support Battalion (MSOCSB) were expected to house the nearly 800 Marines scheduled to join MARSOC's support component by 2016. The activation of MSOCSB was also brings new advances to the command, particularly in the intelligence realm. A revision of MARSOC's former intelligence battalion (MSOIB), now equipped with a communications company and a headquarters company, MSOCSB was to capable of bringing every intelligence asset to the battlefield, providing another platform upon which MARSOC could operate independently. It was not immediately clear whether the MSOIB would be redesignated as the MSOCSB or whether the 2 units would remain separate and the MSOIB would inactivated.

In addition, the MSOLB was one of the Marine Corps's most unique logistics battalions, due to its Individual Training Program (ITP). No other combat service support elementin the Marine Corps had an ITP at that time. Each support Marine at MARSOC was required to complete a comprehensive checklist of individual training requirements, including the Special Operations Training Course (STC), and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training. Added to a combination of unit training requirements and a short dwell time between deployments, MSOLB's new ITP was seen as a welcome change.




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