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Watch U.S. Marine Special Reaction Teams Train To Clear Buildings

May 05, 2017

Marine Special Reaction Teams are groups of Marines highly trained in close quarters battle (known in the Marine Corps as CQB) and other methods of clearing and detaining similar to civilian SWAT teams. They train specifically to do law enforcement style raids or to recapture buildings, and this training can mean the difference between life and death. Just as no two incidents are often similar in real world scenarios, Marines with SRT try and ensure that their training is just as varied so they are ready and able to perform to the highest degree when the situation calls for it. 

Marines with SRT train on rifle and pistol ranges very similarly to other Marines, however the use the bulk of their training to ensure they can work proficiently as a team in a tight, urban environment. This means drill after drill of room clearing, door breaching, and urban assaulting. Learning to work as a team in this type of environment is especially important, just as it would be for any Infantry platoon in Afghanistan or otherwise. 

Check out the video below to see a little bit more of the training that these Marines do on their day to day basis, and learn what it’s like to be a member of a Marine Special Reaction Team: