0370 -  Special Operations Officer

             Capt - LtCol

The 0370  Special Operations Officer MOS is a primary MOS for officers who are the primary leaders within Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Marine Raider Battalions, and the Marine Corps Special Operations community.

Special Operations Officers (SOO) are Marine Officers responsible for the organization, training, planning, employment and execution of the Marine special operations teams (MSOT), Marine special operations company (MSOC) and Marine raider battalions (MRB) across the spectrum of the special operations core activities of special reconnaissance (SR), direct action (DA), foreign internal defense (FID), security force assistance (SFA)and counter-terrorism (CT), tasks in support of unconventional warfare (UW), and countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) as part of the Marine Corps component to USSOCOM.


Marine Special Operations Officers possess high levels of maturity, experience, judgment and the ability to rapidly apply critical thought to the operational environment. They are team-oriented, but are trained and ready to function as individuals and as members of an element, team, company, battalion or group. They are capable of operations across the entire spectrum of special operations; from employment in isolated and austere locales with little-to-no conventional support to operations as fully integrated units in a variety of joint task organized configurations. They may possess advanced language capabilities and cultural familiarity, and are adept at working by, with and through partner nation forces in pursuit of strategic goals and objectives.

This is an all-volunteer MOS that requires officers to laterally transfer from their primary MOS.  Applicants must meet a litany of prerequisites before being able to attend assessment and selection (A&S).

Applicants Must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum GT score of 110, have a minimum current PFT score of 235 (regardless of age), 
no derogatory record book/OMPF entries within the last 12 months, no non-judicial punishment (NJP) as an officer, no courts martial convictions, no incidents with drug use or possession while in service, no adverse fitness reports within the last 12 months, and be a volunteer in the grade of First Lieutenant or Captain who has been career designated prior to attending the MARSOF Team
Commanders Course (MTCC)/Individual Training Course (ITC). Captains cannot have more than 24 months’ time-in grade upon
reporting to MTCC/ITC.

These minimum requirements are not indicative of what it actually takes to be selected to begin the screening and selection process.  Serious applicants must have near-300 PFT's and exceptional service records.  MARSOC wants only the best officers for this highly-specialized and unique MOS field.  Additionally, this is a lateral transfer to a new primary MOS - some occupational fields will not be keen on losing their most capable officers to another MOS field.  Marines looking to become special operators must have a discussion with their MOS Monitor to determine the feasabilty of beginning the process.

Potential applicants must have a finally adjudicated secret security clearance based on national agency check, law enforcement and credit check (NACLC) prior to acceptance to assessment and selection (A&S), as well as being TS/SCI security eligible via MARSOC Security Screening Officers prior to MTCC/ITC graduation. Must obtain a Naval Special Warfare/Special Operator (NSW/SO)
physical prior to attending assessment and selection (A&S).  


All Marines, regardless of MOS, awarding of the 0370 PMOS requires selection at assessment & selection (A&S), graduation from the MARSOF Team Commanders Course (MTCC) and the Individual Training Course (ITC). Commander U.S. Marine Forces Special Operations Command (COMMARFORSOC) is the awarding authority of the PMOS 0370. Upon successful completion of the Individual Training Course (ITC) and subsequent awarding of the PMOS 0370, Special Operations Officers are authorized to wear the Marine special operator breast insignia, and are designated as Marine Raiders. Upon awarding of PMOS 0370, Special Operations Officers must have all necessary documentation for rapid global deployment in accordance with the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide.

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