Joining Force Recon

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Marine with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Training Platoon participates in water survival screening.
Lance Cpl. Anthony Silva, a basic infantry Marine with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Training Platoon, 4th Marine Division, participates in a water survival screening at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, on July 19, 2020. (Cpl. JVonnta Taylor/U.S. Marine Corps)

Basic MARSOC/Force Recon Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Score 105 or higher on the GT portion of the ASVAB.

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  • Possess a first-class swimmer qualification.
  • 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. Normal color vision is recommended but not required, provided the Marine can complete a vivid red and vivid green recognition test.
  • Complete Marine Rifleman Course.
  • Assigned as a primary MOS to entry-level Marines and obtain a manager-approved lateral move.
  • Marines 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 SRC or through managed on-the-job training at a BRC-endorsed, unit-training program to include six months in an MOS 0321 billet.
  • Be eligible for a secret security clearance.
  • Be selected for and graduate from the Marine Special Operations School.

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