Major General Dan Yoo retired from the United States Marine Corps in July 2020. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. In March 1985, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following the completion of Officer Candidate School.
During his military career as an infantry Marine, Major General Yoo commanded at the Platoon, Company, Battalion, Regimental, Brigade, Division and Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) levels. He has experience at the Service, Component, Joint, Combined, and Coalition headquarters levels. Major General Yoo also served as G3 at MARSOC; Director of Operations (J3), United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); and as the Commander, Regional Corps Advisory Command Central (RCAC-C). He is a Marine Combatant Diver, a Military Freefall Parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
As a General Officer, Major General Yoo served as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and Western Recruiting Region; the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); the Commanding General, Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Afghanistan) and Commander, Regional Command (Southwest); the Assistant Division Commander and Commanding General, 1st Marine Division; the Commander, Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC); and as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
Professional Military Education includes: Infantry Officers Course, Amphibious Warfare School; a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College; he was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University; and served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City.