Force Recon Marines Doing Force Recon Things in Japan

first published on July 20, 2018 by

Force Recon Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct marksmanship training while aboard Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. There is a reason that these guys are known for being quiet professionals, and it has everything to do with their training regimen and storied history as a unit within the Marine Corps.

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Some may see the video at the bottom of this article as just another video of United States Marines conducting close quarters combat shooting. Those individuals would be correct, however a day on the range for the Marines filmed below is another day to perfect their craft. There is a saying that amateurs train until they get it right, and that professionals train until they’ve forgotten to get it wrong. In this video, you are witnessing men who are well on the path of finding themselves in a position to forget how something is done incorrectly. These men are members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s reconnaissance element, which puts them directly at the pointy end of the MEU’s spear, as they are the lead element in any combat operation the MEU may conduct.

One of the key components to a Marine Expeditionary Unit, outside of the air, logistics, and ground assets, is the reconnaissance teams that make a MEU special operations capable. These small units of specialized Marines can be utilized by the expeditionary force to complete a number of direct action mission-sets that cannot be completed by conventional ground assets like the infantry. These operations include VBSS, also known as visit, board, search, and seizure operations, and small unit raids. Also, these small teams can be utilized by commanders in the task force to gain valuable knowledge prior to an amphibious assault on an objective inland. Intelligence collection is arguably the reconnaissance teams most valuable skill-set.

Now watch and learn something. This is what professionals look like.

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