Force Reconnaissance, Marine

Marine force reconnaissance refers to specialized units of the U.S. Marine Corps that are equipped, trained for, and doctrinally tasked with conducting amphibious deep reconnaissance missions for a Marine Expeditionary Force. For several decades, force reconnaissance units also trained for and carried out other types of special operations missions. More recently, with the creation of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command, force reconnaissance units have returned to their traditional emphasis on reconnaissance. This entry discusses the history and organization of Marine Corps force reconnaissance and the types of missions.


Marine Corps doctrine distinguishes among three basic types of reconnaissance missions: (1) close reconnaissance, (2) distant reconnaissance, and (3) deep reconnaissance. The primary mission of force reconnaissance units has always been to conduct deep amphibious reconnaissance operations ...

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