Special Reaction Team
United States Marine Corps Special Reaction Teams (SRT) are elite specialized units with a capability similar to that of civilian S.W.A.T. units. They are formed from specially-trained Military Police officers of the Marine Corps' Provost Marshall's Office (PMO).
Special Reaction Team - Role
The role of the Special Reaction Team is to respond to a crisis situation at the installation they are stationed. The type of situation that may see the SRT called in include:
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Special Reaction Team - OrganizationSRTs are typically no larger than 9 men. Any given installation may train enough men for 2 9-man SRTs, in order to cover all contingencies. A typical Special Reaction Team is made up of:
Special Reaction Team - TrainingAs with SRTs from other branches of the US military, USMC SRTs attend the US Army's Military Police Special Reaction Team course at the US Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. This is a 2-phase traing course:
Members of a USMC Special Reaction Team stack up in preparation to enter a room during an exercise. Like civilian S.W.A.T. teams, SRTs use a selection of specialized equipment such as ballistic shields and stun grenades. SRT personnel wear kevlar helmets, fireproof coveralls and body armor. Typical weapons used are M4 Carbines, MP5 sub machine guns, M9 pistols and M1014 shotgun. SRT marksmen use the M40 and M14 DMR sniper rifles.
DoD photo by LCPL SARAH M. HARMAN, USMC
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Marines with the Special Reaction Team cover their sectors during CQB training.
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