Marine Corps Force Recon
Force Recon Overview
Operationally, Force Recon Marines often serve as scout swimmers,
and act as the Corps' eyes behind enemy lines, conducting operations
such as sniping, quick raids, and enemy captures. First and foremost,
Force Recon Marines are the "shooters."
These are the men who fight the secret wars that never make the
front page. Going far beyond that required even for other Marines,
Force Recon brings a very high level of expertise to any operation
its members are involved with. And as you might imagine, becoming
a member of Force Recon is extremely difficult
Reconnaissance Man - MOS 0321,
The reconnaissance man is responsible for providing the amphibious,
long range, small unit, ground reconnaissance and raid skills to
support the MAGTF. He is the nucleus of a reconnaissance team in
the reconnaissance battalion or the reconnaissance or assault team
in the force reconnaissance company.
In addition to basic infantry skills, he is responsible for highly
refined scouting and patrolling skills. Also, he must possess advanced
proficiency in scout swimming, small boat operations, close combat
skills, helicopter and submarine insertion/extraction techniques,
assault climbing, demolitions, forward observer procedures for supporting
arms, initial terminal guidance operations for heliborne assaults,
airborne insertion operations, and various waterborne operations,
communications, photography, threat weapons and equipment recognition,
and various types of point, area, and related necessary overlap
of amphibious reconnaissance operations.
Marines assigned to assault teams possess advanced skills in assault
weaponry, breaching demolitions, and close quarter battle skills
and raid techniques. Selected reconnaissance men are further trained
asstatic line and freefall parachutists and combatant divers.
Noncommissioned officers are assigned as reconnaissance and assault
team leaders or their assistants and may be qualified as static
line and free fall jumpmasters, dive supervisors, helicopter insertion/extraction
masters (HRST), and tandem offset resupply delivery system (TORDS)
Eligibility Requirementsand Prerequisites
To be eligible for Marine Force Recon candidates must:
- Possess a GT score of 105 or higher.
- Possess a 1st class swimmer qualification. 3108 MOS MANUAL 3-32
- Obtain a first class score on the PFT.
- Have 20/200 near visual acuity or visual acuity not to exceed
20/400 with a completed PRK eye surgery candidate consult. Normal
color vision is recommended, but not required provided the Marine
can complete a vivid red and vivid green recognition test.
Note: These standards are coordinated with BUMED for interservice
school attendance requirements, as required. Changes may occur
in between MOS Manual updates as required by interservice advocate
agreements and will be outlined in the P117 Medical Manual of
the Navy and Army, AR 40-501.
- Complete Marine Rifleman Course, or appropriate MOJT.
- Assigned as a primary MOS to Cpl and below 03XX Marines by CMC
(MM) and Reconnaissance OccFld Manager (PP&O Code POE), and approved
lateral-move Marines from any other MOS, who graduate from the
Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC). Volunteers from any MOS may
be certified for AMOS only by Recon unit commanders after attending
the BRC or through MOJT at a BRC endorsed reconnaissance-training
program to include a continuous 6-month assignment in a 0321 billet.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be eligible for a secret security clearance.
Force Recon Duties
For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to MCO 1510.35,
Individual Training Standards. Related DOT Classification/DOT Code.
Reconnaissance Crewmember 378.367-030. Related Military Skill (1)
Rifleman, 0311. (2) Infantry Unit Leader, 0369.