Canadian Special Forces (JTF2)
This is An Answer to the post made about the JTF2 , It was made by Someone called Chris …
I edited some text but the main content is still here :
Chris Said :
I have been in the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years now.
I’m currently finishing my third contract and obviously I plan to extend it once again.
First thing, in regards to what most people think, especially younger kids, you can’t just apply to JTF2 after you have served your 3 years of your first 5 year contract, and it is 3 years not 2 like some videos may say.
And if you plan on joining the army just to try to get into JTF2 than don’t bother joining because chances are you will not get in and most younger guys who join with that attitude are usually hated because they are pricks and suck at the job and end up breaking out of their 5 year contract, sounds bad but it’s true. But there are 4 phases into joining JTF2.
Phase 1 is for members who apply at the unit level through their chain of command, completing the form Application for Service with JTF 2, which includes a verification of their medical category, as well as a signature from their Adjt/XO/AdminO that authorizes the applicant to proceed with the selection process. The application form is also available through the B/WPSO. You basically have to be pre-approved to advance into the training process, not easy to do.
Phase 2 -Applicants must successfully complete the JTF 2 physical fitness test and the CF Swim Test administered by PSP staff. A JTF 2 physical fitness-training program has been developed and is available at PSP offices. It is strongly recommended that interested members take advantage of this program, as recent unit research has confirmed that those who adhere to the program are generally enjoying greater levels of success. In addition, upon successful completion of the fitness portion, members must contact the B/WPSO’s office in order to undergo a screening process, which includes completing a cognitive ability test and a selection interview with the B/WPSO to assess attributes identified as being critical for JTF 2 applicants.
Most applicants do not make it past phase 2. So like I said if you join thinking that you will get into a SpecOp Unit and it’s just like the movies keep dreaming, it is nothing like that at all.
Phase 3 -Members who are invited to attend Phase III selection undergo a seven-day assessment process designed to assess whether candidates are likely to succeed during the SOAC, and to assess if they possess the personal attributes required for employment with JTF 2. The process is very demanding and pushes candidates to their physical and mental limits. Candidates are assessed on numerous criteria, which include: physical fitness (aerobic and anaerobic); performing effectively at heights, in water and in confined spaces; working as a member of a team; problem solving; and interpersonal skills. Assessments are conducted in high stress tactical settings to assess an applicant’s ability to recall directions, identify and react to threats, handle weapons safely, and make decisions under physical and mental duress.
and Phase 4(obviously)- Special operations assaulter course which lasts approximately seven (7) months.
If you plan on joining the military just because you think you will get into a SpecOp unit than DO NOT JOIN!!! Unless you have made a decision on what you plan on doing in the military do not join infantry. Joining infantry thinking you will be in a SpecOp unit is not a good thing to do. If you do not plan on being a career infrantry soldier than you are wasting your time because what opportunities will you have in life serving as a 5 year infrantry soldier? I have seen it happen too many times to good people and nothing ever comes from. So look at your options before joining because Infrantry is not for everyone, especially if you do not plan on going career.
And regards to the physical fitness test,if you complete everything stated-
You will need to do :
- 40 Push-ups (Minimum – no rest)
- 40 Sit-ups (Minimum in 1 mn)
- 5 pull-ups
- Bench press (65 kg min)
- Run 1.5 mile (2,4 km) in 9 mn
That will only get you 75 points, you will need a minimum of 90 points for them to even look at you pretty much. The only way to get a higher point rating is too complete all the tests with much better results than stated above.
Be realistic and look at all of your options before joining, that is all I am trying to say.