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Marines are pulling all special operations troops out of California for good

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Kennedy Rose, a combat engineer with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, waits for her turn to surf during the annual Commanding General’s Cup Surfing Competition at San Onofre Beach on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 31, 2019. The CG’s Cup is a series of competitive sporting events, which promotes combat readiness, resiliency, esprit de corps, leadership, teamwork and loyalty for active duty Marines and sailors through participation in sports. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Ismael Pena)

The Marine Special Forces Operations Command will soon be consolidating in North Carolina, meaning that some units will have to uproot and depart from California.

MARSOC’s plan sets a deadline for the end of 2022, and will relocate 900 Marines, Sailors, and civilian employees from Camp Pendleton in California to Camp Lejeune.

The move, it seems, is largely a matter of strategy, logistics, and cost.

“MARSOC has been pursuing numerous lines of effort to increase performance, efficiencies, and capabilities in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s imperatives to build a more lethal force and reform the department for greater performance and affordability. One line of effort is the consolidation of all Marine Special Operations Forces to the east coast. Consolidation will enhance the command’s Enterprise Level Agility to meet the future operating environment challenges articulated in the NDS, the Commandant’s Planning Guidance, and our own vision and strategy, MARSOF 2030,” said Major General Daniel Yoo, MARSOC Commander. “It will also position MARSOC for more economical experimentation, testing, and evaluation of future operating concepts and near-peer offset capabilities, while streamlining organizational learning to enhance component-wide standards, performance, training, and readiness across the force.”

The 1st Marine Raider Battalion and its respective support battalion will begin the move from Camp Pendleton shortly and will be bringing all their equipment in tow.

The 1st Marine Raiders have been at Camp Pendleton since their inception back in 2006.

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