Marine Special Operations Group

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Marine Special Operations Group
Official patch of the PMC Force Recon Bn
ActiveApril 18, 1995 - present
CountryPhilippines Philippines
BranchPhilippine Marine Corps
TypeSpecial Operations Forces
Part ofUnder the Philippine Marine Corps serving as its Special Operations Arm.
Garrison/HQMarine Barracks, Bonifacio Naval Base, Makati
Nickname(s)Force Recon
Mascot(s)Lightning & Dagger
AnniversariesApril 18
DecorationsPresidential Streamer Award
  • ESGN Edgardo Espinoza PN (M)
  • LTC Ariel Querubin PN M (GSC)
  • 1LT Custodio Parcon PN (M)
  • MAJOR Natalio C. Ecarma PN (M)
Marine Force Recon Qualification Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png

The Marine Special Operations Group (also known as the Force Reconnaissance Group), formerly known as the Force Recon Battalion, is the Philippine Marine Corps' elite special forces unit for unconventional warfare and special operations.

It specializes in sea, air and land operations, like its counterpart in the Naval Special Operations Command of the Philippine Navy, ranging from reconnaissance, close combat, demolition, intelligence and underwater operations in support to the overall naval operations.[1]


The MSOG was established on August 19, 1972, which was first known as the 1st Reconnaissance Unit, Recon Company.[2]

As part of the ongoing expansion and modernization of the entire Armed Forces, the FRB was officially renamed in April 2018 as the Marine Special Operations Group. Plans are ongoing to expand the unit's capabilities.[3]


All Force Recon Marines are usually airborne and Scout Ranger qualified and most importantly; must finish the Force Reconnaissance Course to qualify.[1]

Like most of the AFP special operations units, the best members of Force Recon Battalion are handpicked to undergo VIP security training and assigned to the Presidential Security Group.


  • HQ and Training Company
  • Four Recon Companies
    • 61st Reconnaissance Company
    • 62nd Reconnaissance Company
    • 63rd Reconnaissance Company
    • 64th Reconnaissance Company


  1. ^ a b "Philippine Marine Corps Force Recon Battalion | ShadowSpear". Archived from the original on 2014-03-20.
  2. ^ "Force Recon Battalion". Archived from the original on 2008-02-22.
  3. ^ Panayam kina Capt. Jandusay PN at 1Lt. Serapio PN (M) ukol sa Marines Special Operations Group. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11.