Marines SpeCial Operations PrEparedness (M-SCOPE)

Grants and Contracts Details


The investigators’ current research with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is to study the effectiveness of MARSOC’s human performance program to improve injury mitigating and performance characteristics and to reduce musculoskeletal injury. The overall purpose of this project is to develop and deliver a MARSOC-specific operational preparedness ranking system. Preparation for deployments is extremely complex and fluid. Implementation and validation of an effective ranking system will require the completion of multiple phases. Each phase building upon one another, incorporating new information needed to further optimize the system. The completion of these systematic tasks will allow for the development of an effective preparedness ranking system while also addressing the additional capability gaps identified by MARSOC. The proposed study is in response to identified capability gaps developed in collaboration with and prioritized by MARSOC, Special Operations Command, US Navy physiologists, Office of Naval Research, and University of Kentucky. Aim 1: Develop a MARSOC-specific operational preparedness system • Deliverable: Provide an executable tool to inform on physical performance, musculoskeletal health, cognitive performance, and psychosocial health characteristics for operational preparedness Aim 2: Optimize and evaluate the effectiveness of the MARSOC-specific operational preparedness system • Deliverable: Provide an optimized operational preparedness system Aim 3: Enable MARSOC to utilize the MARSOC-specific operational preparedness system • Deliverable: Provide MARSOC with the knowledge and training to utilize and interpret the operational preparedness system Aim 4: Determine the differences in training, injury, and ancillary services between each MRB Task 1: Evaluate the differences in injury trends and LIMDU between the 3 MRBs Task 2: Perform onsite data collection and survey at each MRB to measure physical performance (SOCOM 5 + preparedness battery), describe training habits, and utilize attendance/utilization data collected by MARSOC to determine the difference in performance, training, and attendance habits between the 3 MRBs • Deliverables: 1) Report training habits, physical performance, service utilization, and interaction across MRBs, 2) Report trends in injury and LIMDU status across MRBs, 3) Make recommendations regarding training guidelines and intervention to address identified differences between the MRBs, and 4) Provide context to better interpret operational preparedness system
Effective start/end date6/7/186/30/22


  • Office of Naval Research: $2,857,755.00


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