From the LA Times' "In Brief":
November 2, 2005
IN BRIEF/WASHINGTON, D.C.
Marines Create New Special Operations ForceFrom Times Wire Reports
The Pentagon announced the creation of a new force of about 2,600 Marines intended to address a shortage of elite troops available for anti-terrorist operations and other missions requiring exceptional skills.But in a marked departure for the fiercely self-reliant corps, the new contingent will report not to the Marine leadership but to the multi-service command responsible for other Special Operations troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force.