critical skills operator


Marine Raiders conduct 10-Day training exercise: RAVEN

Marine Raiders conduct a 10-day readiness exercise referred to as RAVEN, to enhance their readiness for worldwide deployment in support of global contingencies. During the exercise, the Critical Skills Operators and Special Operations Officers trained with conventional Marine Corps forces, and participated in a range of realistic military training including Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Preparation of the Environment, Security Force Assistance, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Foreign Internal Defense.



A Critical Skills Operator with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command uses a saw to cut through a metal door to gain entry on a building during Marine Special Operation School’s Master Breacher’s Course, at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2015.  (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)