Rapid deployment force

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82nd Airborne Division paratroopers board a transport aircraft

A rapid deployment force is a military formation capable of quick deployment of its forces. Such forces typically consist of elite military units (special forces, paratroopers, marines, etc.) and are usually trained at a higher intensity than the rest of their country's military. They usually receive priority in equipment and training to prepare them for their mission. Quick Response Force (QRF) should not be confused with Rapid Deployment Forces (US) or Rapid Response (NATO). QRF units are most often units that react to local or regional issues within their area of jurisdiction, e.g. National Guard, militias, Forward Deployed, para-military forces, etc.

Rapid deployment forces in most militaries are used for deployment outside of their country's borders. The US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment are examples of Rapid Deployment Forces. Both units have the mission of having combat troops "Wheels Up" (en route by aircraft) within 18 hours of executive notification. Both units have the capability of "Forced Entry" into a territory to seize and secure key terrain, e.g. Drop Zone (DZ), airfield or airport, to accommodate follow up forces. A good example of this was the Operation Urgent Fury. The Rangers were at the staging base in Barbados in less than 18 hours from notification followed by the 82nd Airborne Division. The title of Rapid Deployment Forces is often associated with the US Marines. Members of the United States Marine Corps are stationed worldwide on ships, off the coasts of troubled regions and are already in place. That mission status usually places them into the category of "Forward Deployed" in the same manner as the United States Army's 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea (ROK) is forward-deployed on the DMZ.


Examples of Rapid Deployment Forces include:

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