A detachment (from the French détachement) is a military unit. It can either be detached from a larger unit for a specific function or (particularly in United States military usage) be a permanent unit smaller than a battalion. The term is often used to refer to a unit that is assigned to a different base from the parent unit. Some paramilitary units name themselves after the concept, meaning it’s detachment from a main ‘larger’ force. For example, the paramilitary Sturmabteilung.
An example is the United States Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne) (1st SFOD-D (A)), commonly known as Delta Force by the general public.
Use by Cadet forces in the United Kingdom