82nd Airborne Division paratroopers board a transport aircraft A rapid deployment force is a
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formation capable of quick deployment of its forces. Such forces typically consist of elite military units ( special forces,
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marines Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone in support of naval operations. At the beginning of its formation, tasks undertaken by marines have included helping maintain discipline ...
, 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
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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
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. 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 United States Marine Corps, 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 (United States), 2nd Infantry Division in the South Korea, Republic of Korea (ROK) is forward-deployed on the Korean Demilitarized Zone, DMZ.


Examples of Rapid Deployment Forces include: * Fuerza de Despliegue Rápido (Argentina), Argentine Rapid Deployment Force (FDR) * Colombian National Army, Rapid Deployment Force (FUDRA) * Egyptian Rapid deployment forces * Finnish Rapid Deployment Force (FRDF) * / Rapid Forces Division * Kostrad * Indonesian Marine Corps * NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy * 10th Parachute Brigade (Malaysia), 10th Parachute Brigade * Netherlands Marine Corps * Telemark Battalion, Norwegian Telemark Battalion * 710th Special Operations Wing * Portuguese Rapid Reaction Brigade, Rapid Reaction Brigade * Singapore Guards * Air Mobile Brigade (Sri Lanka), Air Mobile Brigade * 31st Infantry Regiment (Thailand), 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard * Marine Expeditionary UnitWhat is a MEU?
22nd MEU website * XVIII Airborne Corps (United States), XVIII Airborne Corps * 75th Ranger Regiment * / Russian Airborne Troops, Airborne Troops (VDV) * Helsinki Headline Goal Force Catalogue * European Union Battlegroups * NATO Response Force

See also

* Expeditionary warfare * Power projection


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