- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

U.S. Navy SEALs have their iconic Trident insignia. Now, Marine Corps special operators have their own.

The “Raiders” of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command will have their special skill set — and the history of the command — honored with the new insignia. The gold badge includes an eagle on a stiletto dagger, the Southern Cross constellation, and MARSOC’s motto: “Spiritus Invictus,” which means unconquerable spirit.

“The individual MARSOC operator must be trained and educated to think critically and function in an increasingly complex operating environment — to understand and interact in dynamic, dangerous and politically-sensitive battlefields,” MARSOC Commander Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III said in a statement, Military Times reported Tuesday. “Our rigorous training pipeline ensures that a newly minted critical skills operator has developed the skills required for full spectrum special operations.”

An unidentified MARSOC operator told the newspaper that the badge — the first Marine Corps-only uniform device to be authorized — represents “the pride and legacy that dates back to the Marine Raiders of World War II. This badge will distinguish a [special operations forces-qualified Marine], just as the combat crew wings distinguish an aviation crew chief or the jump wings and dive bubble distinguish a Recon Marine.”

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