Easy guys... there's no need to squabble. A simple correction to terminology is all that is needed.
Yes, the so-called RDF (Rapid Deployment Force) uniform is the same as what is also called Transitional. As far as I know neither name is official. The RDF name came about because units rotating into the RDF were often issued this uniform. But the RDF was formed *after* this uniform started production and remained active even after the uniform was dropped. So while it is commonly called RDF, it isn't directly tied to them. This is why I personally prefer calling it Transitional because that is a more accurate description of it.
Transitional came in the following forms:
Brown ERDL Poplin (very rare, I think only a prototype. Dated 1976)
Brown ERDL (probably surplus cloth)
Green ERDL (probably surplus cloth)
Woodland ERDL (same shapes as M81 Woodland I think, but smaller)
6 Color Desert
I do not know if there are other forms or not. I've seen Transitional uniforms used by US Army, US Air Force, and US Marines. I do not know if the Navy proper used them or not.
I also do not know if the various versions of Transitional had specific periods of production. But overall the production dates are from 1978 through 1981.
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