MARSOC training Study
Marines and sailors with a company from 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, sight in on their targets as they conduct shooting drills as part of their Dynamic Assault package at the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility in Reno, Nev. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Stephen C. Benson.)

A new study, expected to last multiple years, will examine how to improve training and prevent injuries for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) operators.

According to Marine Corps Times:

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are leading the study, which has the potential to inform MARSOC’s training regimen or the individual training course. It may also help officials develop a more comprehensive profile of the ideal MARSOC operator.

The study is the last of seven conducted by UPitt starting in 2005 focused on injury prevention and performance optimizations for special operations and special forces troops from all the U.S. services. But researchers at MARSOC, which was created in 2006, may have the chance to broaden their scope and depart from the parameters set in the other studies.

“MARSOC is so young and willing to adapt that we can do some things different,” Shawn Eagle, a research associate at UPitt and part of the three-man team assigned to study MARSOC, told Marine Corps Times. “… We’re kind of trying to break the mold a little bit with this study and be more free-flowing and adaptable.”

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