Types of Deployment
- Combat Zones
- MEU or Floats
- Relief Efforts
- Other Countries
- Unit Deployment Program (UDP)
Deployment to a combat zone includes Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Djibouti, and others.
A float deployment is on a Navy ship with Marines and Sailors. The float may have a final destination and drop-off point, or the Marines and Sailors may stay aboard the ship for the duration of the deployment.
Deployment for relief efforts include areas such as the December 2004 Tsunami. In some instances, Marines already deployed on a float may be re-directed to relief efforts.
Marines may be deployed to many other countries, including Japan, Okinawa and Africa. Marines may also be deployed to other non-hostile countries around the world to maintain operations. As an example, Marines are deployed to various countries around the world to provide security for a number of US Embassies. Deployments to Okinawa and Japan may include floats to neighboring countries such as the Philippines and South Korea.
UDP is a program designed to increase the training level and unit continuity of Marine Corps units stationed in the continental United States.