Since being activated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a decade ago, the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, has matured into an extremely lethal and versatile fighting force. The elite unit has conducted countless operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond, often deploying its Raiders behind enemy lines to execute dangerous missions with little support. Their training is no less intense.
To operate at that level, each Raider must possess a diverse skill-set, as well as expert knowledge of a wide range of vehicles, weapon systems, and whatever other equipment could be useful on the battlefield. The below video, which was recently posted on the MARSOC Facebook page, focuses on exercises in precision shooting and defensive driving, but it also captures the extent to which Raiders are pushed to maintain their edge in combat.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."