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Operating Forces Introduction

Last Revised: February 1, 2014, 9:27 pm
Overview: 

Operating forces are the heart of the Marine Corps. They provide the forward presence, crisis response, and combat power that our Corps makes available to CCDRs. Our Corps has established three permanent commands to provide forces to unified CCDRs:

  • U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM)
  • U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)
  • U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARFORSOC)

Our Corps retains control of MARFORCOM. The CMC, via the Joint Chiefs of Staff global force management allocation process, maintains II MEF and other unique capabilities under the Commander, MARFORCOM (COMMARFORCOM). The Commander, MARFORPAC (COMMARFORPAC) is assigned to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), and provides I MEF and III MEF to PACOM. The Commander, MARFORSOC is assigned to the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and provides assigned forces to SOCOM. These assignments reflect the peacetime disposition of our Corps’ forces. Marine forces are allocated to the remaining geographic and functional combatant commands for contingency planning as follows:

  • U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
  • U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
  • U.S. European Command (EUCOM)
  • U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
  • U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)
  • U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
  • U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM)
  • U.S. Forces Korea (USFK)

The Secretary of Defense provides Marine forces to these commands. The following sections highlight some of these organizations and several of the other unique organizations in the operating forces.

  • About Concepts and Programs

    The vision of the Concepts and Programs project is to provide political and military leaders with timely, accurate, and relevant information. The Concepts and Programs project is the premier strategic communications vessel the Marine Corps relies on to inform Congress, the Office of Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Think Tanks about the Corps’ vision.