Direct Action Platoons (DAP)
Action Platoons are highly-trained elements of an already
elite unit, the Force Reconnaissance teams of the United
States Marine Corps.
Members of Direct Action Platoons are parachute
attached to DAP are trained in a wide variety of insertion
techniques, including static-line and HALO parachuting
They train not only on aircraft, but CH-46E Sea
Knight helicopters as well.
This capability is necessary due to the nature
of USMC operations.
Often operating far from fixed-wing air support,
. Of course,
helicopters cannot operate in the higher altitudes common
to fixed-wing flight, and for that reason the majority
of DAP HALO jumps take place at altitudes of 10,000
feet or less.
Instead of operating in typical camouflage, DAP
members often effect assaults in the black, Nomex uniforms
commonly attributed to CT assault units.
DAPs are attached to all Marine Expeditionary
Unit's (Special Operations Capable). Direct Action Platoons are attached to the Maritime Special
Purpose Forces of the MEU(SOC)s, and are manned by volunteers
from the Force Reconnaisance units. The primary feature
that makes DAP so appealing is its ability to respond
to a contingency within 24 hours.
DAPs are now known today as Maritime Special Purpose
Notes: Each platoon that goes out on float
is part of the Maritime Special Purpose Force (MSPF)
along with a SEAL plt. The direct action mission is
still carried out by the Force platoon, and even more
so today because the SEALs are trying to implement
something called the Fleet Support Initiative. Basically,
the SEALs are trying to get out of having to physically
ship with the MEU. Although they will still be supporting
the MEU, they will be "on call". The question on everyone's
mind is if they will be able to respond in time to
a crisis. With a rapid planning/execution window of
six hours, it does not sound likely. The word that
has been passed is that the Force platoon will be
conducting all Maritime Special Operations and direct
action missions vice dividing them between the Force
and SEAL platoons. The one mission that has been deleted
from the tasking is the IHR (In Extremis Hostage Rescue).
VBSS/MIO, GOPLAT (Gasoline and Oil Platforms), destruction
raids etc. are still tasked to the Force plt.
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