The Norwegian Home Guard (Heimevernet), is a rapid mobilization force in the Norwegian military. Founded on December 6th, 1946, it is the youngest branch in the Norwegian forces. It is divided into districts, which again is divided into smaller units, typically covering a single Municipality. In a wartime situation Heimevernet will typically be used to protect the local infrastructure and population, but may also be used as regular troops. As it for the most part comprises locals, it is ideally suited for guerrilla warfare (sabotage, ambushes, etc.)
Recently (2005), the Home Guard has recruited for a force with better trained and equipped personnel. It is called the "Intervention Force" (Norwegian: Innsatsstyrke) This force represents 10 percent of the total force. HV-016 is now a part of HV I-styrke, and is administered separately from the other branches.
The Home Guard has a peace time personnel number of 1,200. On readiness there are 5,000 Task Force personnel, 25,000 "Strengthening Force" personnel and 20,000 "Follow-up Force" personnel. The total Home Guard Force is approximately 56,200.
The Task Force consists of several different units within each district. In this way, each district will be able to respond to any kind of incident that could occur, without having to rely on outside help. Each district (with some variations) will have trained operators in these different types of units:
-Jegertropp (Ranger platoon)
-Skarpskyttertropp (Sharpshooter team/platoon)
-MP tjeneste (Military Police service)
-Hundetjenesten (K9 unit)
-ABC-tropp (NBC platoon)
-016 (016 Military lifeguard & escort service)
-Stabstropp (Staff platoon - Communications, intelligence, transport & logistics)
-Dykkerlag (Diving team - Underwater reconnaissance, explosives-detection)
-Sanitetstropp (Medical platoon)
-Innsatstropp (Force protection platoon)
-Kystmeldepost (Coastal observation post)
-Bordingslag (Boarding team - Observation, control, inspection and takeover of ships/boats)