|Like I told you b4 the USMC was not going to go long w/out its own ability to conduct Special Operations. And it was definitely not going to rely own SOCom to lend forces for MAGTF missions.
That is the most important piece to all of this, and how I knew that they would bring back a Force Level capability eventually.
MAGTF Operations require units to move in a very Precise, Ying & Yang, Economy of Motion type flow.
Every unit, whether your talking Infantry, Tanks, Arty, CAS, or SOF type, has to know not only their role but everybody else's in the MAGTF and how to switch fr/ supporting to being supported at a moments notice as if the MAGTF is a giant Swiss Watch.
This could not happen borrowing its Special Operations capability fr/SOCOM.
It could borrow a SOF sprocket for its time piece but it would not be precisely tooled for MAGTF Operations, which would entail comfortably applying SOF skills to best benefit Manuevering Infantry or whoever which only comes after months of Combined Arms Training & Live Fire together.
The interesting thing is to see what the long term implementation for FR is outside of & after Iraq & Afghanistan.
Do they return to deployment on the MEU w/the MSOTs?
If not do they deploy under the SC MAGTF construct?
Do they eventually bring back the MSPF?
Do they retain the DAP capability or do they leave that to the MARSOC DASR Teams?
Inquiring minds would like to know...
I'll paste the FR return article.