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Like Gideon’s few, American elite units are purposely smaller and more agile. This agility includes the sanction to eclectically select weapons systems and tactics as may suit their overall mission. These units may also select or procure mission-specific ordnance as needed, and they may assemble or adapt unique combinations of standard weapons as suits their purpose, when such are appropriate to the sort of asymmetrical war these elite unit fight. Because of these factors, our elite units often serve as de facto test beds for weapons that, once proven, subsequently become items of general issue. To follow is a review of what some of these elite units from the various branches are currently using.

4-sowt-with-m4-_acog-af-photo.gifMARSOC: Marine Special Operations Command
“Send in the Marines!”

In January 2002 the U.S.M.C. Commandant presented official plans outlining a permanent force contribution to SOCOM. Marine Det-1 (Detachment One) was created as a proof of concept for the evolution into a fully operational special operation unit. Det-1 would see combat in the GWOT (Global War on Terrorism) as deployed to Southwest Asia.

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