Detachment (military)

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A detachment (from the French word détachement) is a military unit. It can be broken off from a bigger unit for a set reason or (as often seen in United States Army usage) can be a permanent unit smaller than a battalion. The term is often used to refer to a unit that is sent to a different base from the parent unit.

A Cadet detachment usually consists of between 10 and 40 cadets. Several detachments make up a cadet company.