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It was an important milestone; it was the first time the unit had been deployed in a major combat role outside of Canada. The training requires far greater expenditure of physical energy than is normally required in other peace time training. It is essential that candidates arrive fully fit, carrying no injuries and with a sound grasp of basic navigational techniques.
The aim of this article is to describe the fundamental entry requirements, selection process and training for personnel seeking to become a member of the Canadian Joint Task Force Two. Submarines were the last all-male bastion and that restriction was dropped in Combat is open to both genders. Upon its establishment, JTF 2 contained approximately personnel, divided between assaulters two-thirds and support personnel one-third , comprised of Day, :.
By , total manpower was approximately personnel Day, , and comprised of:. SOF personnel are required to infiltrate and exfiltrate to and from operational areas dismounted, carrying heavy loads and manipulating personal and support weapons systems and other heavy equipment.
SOF personnel perform insertions and assaults on targets by:. SOF personnel are also required to board ocean vessels while they are underway from another floating or airborne platform in all sea states day or night, and where speed and stealth are imperative. These duties are performed while wearing heavy rucksack and body armour.
SOF personnel perform individual close quarter battle CQB and detainee handling which may require the individual to:. Accurate discrimination of non-combatants and precision engagement of enemy combatants requires extreme concentration. Similarly, high-risk roped and un-roped insertions with no redundant safety systems require constant attention. SOF personnel require the ability for continuous analysis of the situation, environment, mission aims and unique foreign societal complexities during operations.
Information regarding the basic requirements for enlistment or commissioning in the CAF can be found by clicking on the links, which the reader is advised to read if not already familiar. The CAF does not accept direct entry applicants, i. Subject to the requirements outlined below, all CAF officers and non-commissioned members are eligible to attend the JTF 2 assessment and selection programme.
The journey to becoming a member of JTF 2 is not easy, and training is rigorous and highly selective, but the courage and strength individuals will gain as a candidate will stay with them for their entire life. In addition to Phase 1 Basic Combat Training, candidates must also have completed Phase 2 Advanced Individualised Training and volunteer for airborne training unless already qualified to be eligible for JTF 2 selection and training.
All JTF 2 candidates will undertake a number of distinct phases of training Table 1 , in which candidates are taught the fundamentals of CAF special warfare through formal CAF schooling and on-the-job training. At this point, Unit review boards are held, and candidates who meet the minimum threshold for service with that specific Unit are then invited to attend the JTF 2 Assessment Process, at the appropriately named Assessment Centre.
The process is overseen by the Selection Warrant Officer. With this in mind, candidates undergo a rigorous selection process designed to assess a number of critical attributes that have been linked to task performance on the job.
Extremely high levels of physical fitness and personal motivation are crucial for the successful completion of the JTF 2 Assessment Centre. Therefore, the physical demands placed on candidates during the selection process reflect the actual job and training demands, and permits candidates performances to be observed in controlled conditions and environments.
Officer candidates must also undertake an additional component which assesses their organisational, analytical, and communicative and presentation skills under continued physical and mental duress.
During the assessment process, candidates may decide that the job, as previewed during the assessment process, is not right for them, and thereby voluntarily withdraw VW. In the same vain, the Unit may decide that a candidate, based on multiple assessments during the assessment process, is not suitable for further training. From this perspective, assessment centres are not only a cost-effective approach to selection as personnel are screened-out prior to expensive training, but they also ensure that the right person is put into the right job, at the right time.
Upon completion of the JTF 2 Assessment Centre, a selection board is held to determine which candidates that have completed the assessment process will be invited to attend further training on the Special Operations Assaulter Course. Typically, candidates will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at this phase. Upon successful completion of the Special Operations Assaulter Course, the candidate will officially become one of the approximately members of JTF 2.
This course prepares support personnel for their duties as a member of JTF 2 and ensures a heightened level of deployment readiness. The Canadian Joint Task Force Two training pipeline is open to all male and female officers and enlisted personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, subject to certain criteria.
JTF 2 training seeks to attract determined, highly-motivated, intelligent, reliable and physically fit individuals to serve with the Canadian Joint Task Force Two.
This article provides the basic information to allow individuals to make an informed judgement before applying for the Canadian Joint Task Force Two.
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Website Breadcrumbs Home. JTF 2 has between and personnel, with an average age of 37 Pugliese, Upon its establishment, JTF 2 contained approximately personnel, divided between assaulters two-thirds and support personnel one-third , comprised of Day, : A small HQ element; Small staff, including various counter-terrorist CT functions; One assault troop; One sniper troop; and A dedicated training cadre.
By , total manpower was approximately personnel Day, , and comprised of: A larger HQ element; Operations squadron; Multiple sabre squadrons with multiple troops ; Combat support squadron; Combat service support squadron; and A training squadron.
SOF personnel perform insertions and assaults on targets by: Parachuting onto ground or into water; Climbing ladders and cliffs; Rappelling; Conducting close-quarters battle CQB ; and Battle drills in varying types of terrain and climatic conditions day or night.
SOF personnel perform individual close quarter battle CQB and detainee handling which may require the individual to: Combat and detain another person using blocking strikes; Disarming; Lifting; Pulling; Ground fighting; Grappling; and Moving a non-compliant person. They must be volunteers and are selected based on the successful completion of a selection process and the special operations assaulter course SOAC. This category is comprised of two groups: Mobility : this is a recently established group tasked with tactical mobility and other combat support tasks e.
Members receive skills training in JTF 2 which will includes high speed tactical operation of a variety of vehicles and watercraft plus extensive training with crew served and personal weapons. Category B Mobility members must be volunteers and are selected based on the successful completion of a selection process established and successful completion of the skills training.
Specialists : Selected technical specialists who provide specialty skills, which are directly related to their MOC. Category B Specialists are volunteers or those identified and recommended by their commanding officers and career managers and are selected based on their superior trade skills.
A review of career and personal profiles, and a personal interview, is conducted by JTF 2. Category B Specialists are screened and selected as per Category C personnel. Members are selected from those who volunteer and those personnel identified and recommended by commanding officers and career managers for service in JTF 2.
Obtain security clearance. Be parachute-trained or willing to undertake parachute training. The test requirement is to evacuate a simulated casualty of similar weight, but weighing no less than 70 kg lbs a distance of 25 metres.
Phase 2 : Candidates will complete a PFT, medical evaluation, aptitude testing and a structured interview with a Personnel Selection Officer. During these seven days, a candidate is likely to be assessed on: Physical fitness both aerobic and anaerobic ; Phobia tests: Performing effectively at height; Water confidence; Confined spaces; Individual and teamwork tasks; Psychological profile.
Problem solving; and Interpersonal skills. During the SOAC, candidates receive individual and collective training in but not limited to : Land navigation; Patrolling; Basic and advanced weapons; and Insertion and extraction techniques. Candidates will receive their tan beret and join based on their category : The operations squadron; One of the multiple sabre squadrons with multiple troops ; The combat support squadron; The combat service support squadron; or The training squadron.
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