13 Feb Marine Raiders leaving Camp Pendleton for Camp Lejeune
It was just announced the Marine raider Battalion and 1st Marine Raider Battalion located at Camp Pendleton in California is moving their 900 personnel to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The move will take part in three phases, with the goal of having the entire force on the East Coast by the end of the summer 2022, MARSOC officials told Marine Corps Times in an exclusive interview. The move is supposed to maximize the unit’s capabilities, increase its agility and save a significant amount of money for both MARSOC and the Corps as a whole.
The lower cost of living in North Carolina compared to Southern California will save the Corps millions, the MARSOC official said.
By moving all Raiders to Lejeune, the Marine Corps will save $55 million between 2021–2026 from reduced basic allowance for housing and the elimination of permanent change of stations, Oles said.
The Marine Raiders were originally elite units established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct special amphibious light infantry warfare, particularly in landing in rubber boats and operating behind the lines. “Edson’s” Raiders of 1st Marine Raiders Battalion and “Carlson’s” Raiders of 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion are said to be the first United States special operations forces to form and see combat in World War II.
In 2014, the Marine Special Operations Regiment, serving under the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), was renamed the Marine Raider Regiment. This change was implemented to better show that modern Marine special operations forces trace their lineage and heritage back to the World War II Raiders. Individual Marines of the Marine Raider Regiment are once again called “Marine Raiders”.
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