Marines have a plethora of ways to enter the battlefield, whether it is via land, air or sea, they remain ready to execute whatever they need to do to ensure the mission is successful. Fast roping is one of the many ways Marines are inserted to strategic locations. Generally done from a helicopter, but practiced on tall, wooden structures in a safer environment, fast roping is a great way to get Marines to a very precise location while sticking to the moniker “fast.”
Marines train with and without gear. Once they have the hang of it, the gear tends to stay on more and more, as in every insertion situation they will be in full “battle rattle,” as the Marines often refer to the gear worn. Once they have been fully trained to fast rope efficiently, Marines will then be ready to assist the MEU in a variety of mission, including fast roping into foreign embassies, onto the battlefield, or onto other ships during Vehicle Borne Search and Seizures (VBSS).
While it may be the more dangerous form of insertion due to the fact that they are not attached to the rope, training ensures each Marine is ready and comfortable to execute the mission.
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