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The GSDF Central Readiness Force   -This Year's Aim is "Personal Training"-

In March this year the Central Readiness Force (CRF) was organized in the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF). This report covers the CRF's significance and structure, as well as field training.

The ceremony marking completion of the organization of the CRF
The ceremony marking completion of the organization of the CRF


The CRF office building, at Camp Asaka
The CRF office building, at Camp Asaka
What Is the CRF?
The CRF is a new unit in the GSDF under the direct control of the minister of defense. It is designed to enable quicker response to attacks by guerrillas and special operations forces and to other contingencies in Japan and to enable the swift and timely dispatch of units taking part in international peace cooperation activities and other overseas missions.
    To enable it to carry out a variety of missions both at home and abroad, the CRF is composed of mobile operations units (including the 1st Airborne Brigade and the 1st Helicopter Brigade) and specialized units, as well as the Central Readiness Regiment, which acts as an advance unit in international peace cooperation activities and other overseas missions and as a reinforcing unit for each GSDF Army in domestic missions. The CRF also has an International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit, which is in charge of implementing, assisting, and conducting research on education and training in connection with international peace cooperation activities.
    The next article focuses on the activities of the International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit, set up at the GSDFʼs Camp Komakado.

Organization of the Central Readiness Force (CRF)


Practical training hypothesizing a GSDF armored vehicle scraping a civilian car and a person being injured
Practical training hypothesizing a GSDF armored vehicle scraping a civilian car and a person being injured


Broadly speaking, the International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit has two roles: to conduct and assist the education and training of personnel and units to be dispatched to take part in international peace cooperation activities and other overseas missions, and to conduct research into the education and training needed for such missions.
    Masakazu Karube, the unit commander, said, "An important point is to verify whether the training now being conducted can really be useful in theaters of activity overseas and to develop unified know-how for personnel education."
    We observed practical training conducted in a hypothetical theater of activity: responding to an accident caused when a GSDF armored vehicle scraped a civilian car and responding to a civilian incursion into the theater of activity. The personnel taking part were as tense as if this were the real thing.
    "I've defined this year as the year of 'building up' the CRF," Karube said. "This means it's essential to strengthen personnel, intelligence, equipment, and so on. Personnel training is the most important thing. The first step is to train personnel who can properly perform their missions in the field."

Every training session is immediately followed by a review for all participants
Every training session is immediately followed by a review for all participants