The Joint Task Force (JTF) is a coalition of police officers, firefighters, civil volunteers, and army national guardsmen formed in the aftermath of the "Dollar Flu" outbreak on Black Friday in New York City.
What remains of the JTF is led by NYPD Captain Roy Benitez in New York City and Manny Ortega in Washington D.C. and by working in tandem with CERA, the group was initially chartered with the purpose of curbing the spread of the virus, efficiently distributing aid supplies, and maintaining law and order.; however, the organization's control quickly disintegrated as the disease continued to spread and panic took hold in both cities.
Since then, the JTF has been considerably weakened and decentralized due to the incessant threat of several hostile Factions, having been relegated to a small handful of safe houses and bases throughout the cities.
The JTF was formed by order of President Waller; it consists of local, state, and federal emergency services and military agencies including the NYPD, FDNY, and the National Guard. Later, when discovered the virus had spread to Washington D.C. they formed a similar JTF under full military control. Understaffed and overworked with meager resources, they have been stretched thin to say the least. As ensuing unrest decimated their ranks, the JTF lost control, leaving the cities to turn into a lawless death-trap for all its citizens.
Unable to effectively coordinate and manage the response, the JTF now puts their hope in the members of The Division to lead the way. As such, all Division agents are strongly encouraged to assist the JTF, wherever possible, whether it's protecting supply drops or aiding civilians in need. Troops are scattered around New York and are ready to assist SHD agents or be assisted by them. Most men and women are tasked to protect the Base of Operations and any remaining secure locations like Camp Hudson while few of them are in charge of gathering information and reconnaissance and sending this data to SHD. The JTF also mans various checkpoints throughout the city and sends out patrols whenever possible in order to increase stability and security all around New York City.
By the time of the events of The Division 2, the JTF units stationed in Washington D.C. have all but collapsed. A large-scale mutiny led by Antwon Ridgeway saw the creation of a hostile splinter faction known as the True Sons. The majority of JTF volunteers who remained loyal to the U.S. government were evacuated elsewhere under Presidential orders, with only a skeleton crew staying behind to keep The White House operational, either as guards around the perimeter or as support and technical crews in the interior. Most of their original functions have been taken over by the Civilian Militia of the D.C. Settlements, a National Guard Signalist, Manny Ortega leads what remains of the JTF and coordinates with The Division to help the agents out in the ongoing quest to restore government control of the city.
The JTF work with The Division and the allied Civilian Militia to combat the growing threat of the True Sons, the Hyenas, and the Outcasts. After those factions are successfully dismantled, Washington is suddenly attacked by an invading force of private military contractors and mercenaries, the Black Tusk.
- Roy Benitez - Commander of the JTF's forces in New York City.
- Jessica Kandel - Head doctor and virologist in New York City.
- Paul Rhodes - Lead technician and engineer in New York City.
- Manny Ortega - Division Co-Ordinator and leader of the surviving JTF in Washington D.C.
- Antwon Ridgeway - Former Colonel of the JTF in D.C.; later mutineer and founder of the True Sons.
New York City
JTF members fill the role of allies. They can be seen guarding certain areas, patrolling the streets, and will be used in certain Missions and Encounters. However, it is unwise for players to rely on any JTF that assists them in combat even against low level Rioters. High level enemies, or even large enough numbers of enemies, can chew through squads of JTF if not dealt with. They infrequently engage targets, usually dealing very little damage if they manage to actually hit their target and practically stand no chance against bosses. However they can kill low level rioters if there are 2-3 of them.
They also lack unit archetypes such as engineer, heavy weapons, and sniper thus reducing the JTF's ability to counter most enemy types in-game.
They should not be underestimated, however. Despite their low damage output, they are fairly durable and can can suppress and distract enemies, which can prove invaluable to the player even in most dire circumstances.
Abandoned JTF vehicles ranging from police cars to armored transports can be spotted throughout the city. And more often than not, the corpses of dead JTF personnel are a very common sight. Whether it be death from entanglements with the Rioters, brutally murdered by Rikers, or executed by Last Man Battalion firing squads.
After finishing a quest or encounter, the location will permanently become a JTF checkpoint, and 2-4 troopers will occupy the area and occasionally engage passing enemies.
In The Division 2, the JTF units stationed in Washington D.C. have all but collapsed and been reduced to a background faction. They just act as NPC's guarding and working at The White House. They are not seen anywhere else in the game as their patrol and assist duties and been replaced by Civilian Militias.
Though during some missions the JTF does play a larger role than usual:
- Camp White Oak: JTF forces attempt to secure a helipad to ensure that President Ellis does not escape SHD capture; at the end, they fail and their attacking forces are wiped out by the Black Tusk.
- Kenley College: Jack Arnold, a JTF Engineer with a supply convoy heading to D.C, was taken as prisoner by the Outcasts to help them set up their IEDs after they ambush the convoy and overwhelm JTF forces. Arnold is later rescued and protected by SHD Agents.
- Tidal Basin: An unnamed JTF Engineer, assisted by Militia forces and defended by SHD Agents, helps open up the inner gate of the Stronghold, allowing agents to head in and secure the Broad-Spectrum Antiviral samples from the Black Tusk.
New York City
In NYC, one could tell if someone is part of the JTF by looking out for their green vests and headwear.
- NYPD Police Officer - Armed with MP5 submachine guns, M870 shotguns and PF45 handguns. Usually with blue police garb.
- National Guardsman - Armed with M4 assault rifles, Super 90 shotguns and M9 handguns. Always sporting Army ACUs.
In D.C., one can tell if someone is a JTF member by looking at the back of their t-shirts, which will have 'JTF' printed on them.
- Sentry Guards - Armed with various rifles and assault rifles, these personnel are stationed by every entrance to the White House and at every checkpoint and guard tower around the White House. Sentry Guards wear Olive Green t-shirts and camo cargo pants.
- Maintenance/Support Crew - These personnel make up the bulk of the D.C. JTF Force, and they mostly operate in the interior of the White House: maintaining the SHD servers in the basement, radioing Settlements to check on their situations, keeping track of food and supplies, as well as other minor chores that need tending to in the White House. Maintenance and Support Crews wear solid white t-shirts, black cargo pants, and utility belts.
“ Holy crap how'd you do that?!- After a battle has finished. ”
“ Hate this PMC bullshit!- JTF engaging with LMB units. ”
“ LMB? Shit, they're tough!- JTF engaging combat with LMB forces. ”
“ I didn't sign on to fight mercs!- JTF engaging with LMB soldiers. ”
“ Cleaners! Don't let them get too close!- A JTF squad member warning other members in the same squad. ”
“ They're picking the bones of the city!- JTF squad sees a few dead JTF comrades. ”
“ Take down the looters!- JTF engaging with Rioters. ”
“ You're in my prayers.- Happy to see the agent. ”
“ Greg is hit!- JTF member falls and is wounded. ”
“ Cleaners, stay back!- In a fight with Cleaners. ”
“ Glad you had our backs.- After a fight has finished. ”
“ Honored to fight by you.- After fighting alongside the agent. ”
“ Hell of a fight!- When the battle has ended. ”
“ Good luck to you.- To the agent. ”
“ Cleaners!- JTF soldier spotting Cleaners ”
- One can tell what a JTF soldier's original affiliation came from by looking at their uniform. They all share the same green helmets and vests, but police wear blue uniforms underneath, while national guardsmen wear army uniforms.
- Some members of the JTF in uniform may be civilians recruited after the collapse, however. This is evidenced by the fact that some JTF Officers, such as Anthony Zappa and JB Keller, wear uniforms but claim to have had professions other than police or guardsmen.
- According to the ECHOs, the JTF also includes U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel in their ranks.
- If the player purchases the JTF Outfit Bundle from the Premium Vendor, they will get the National Guardsman design (albeit the helmet and vest part of the jacket is a lighter shade of green).
- In The Division 2, the JTF Outfit is a standard military garb, albeit on the left arm is a patch that reads 'JTF'.
- The JTF in The Divison 2 appear to be less well equipped than their New York counterparts.
- If an agent discharges their firearm near a JTF patrol or soldier, they will flinch, look at the player and call them out on it.
- Similarly, they will call out an agent if they're caught aiming their weapon at them.