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.
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Serving as the centrepiece of Canada's special operations, JTF2 is primarily tasked with counter-terrorism operations but also specializes in direct action , special reconnaissance , hostage rescue , personnel recovery , and foreign internal defence. Much of the information regarding JTF2 is classified, and is not commented on by the Government of Canada. The decision was made largely because the Canadian Forces offered a greater pool of recruits for the program than civilian police forces, and it stemmed the public uproar about police being taught to use primarily lethal means.
In early , the unit was activated with just over members, primarily drawn from the Canadian Airborne Regiment and Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Its first scheduled action was Operation Campus, the protection of highways and water treatment plants around the Oka reserve while a police force tried to "crack down on smuggling" on the native reserve, immediately following the Oka crisis.
However two daily newspapers in Quebec revealed the operation just days before it was to go into action, and it was cancelled. JTF2 forces were inserted into Bosnia, operating in two-to-four-man  teams hunting for Serbian snipers who were targeting UN forces at the sniper alley. They protected the Canadian embassy and secured the airport. The Canadian public was not informed of the deployment.
However, in Sean M. Several months later, The Globe and Mail published an image on its front page showing operators in distinctive forest-green Canadian Forces combat uniforms delivering captured prisoners to the Americans.
This prompted an outcry in Parliament as MPs were never informed these operations were underway. Airstrikes hit the sites before SOF teams were inserted into the area. JTF2's first rotation was completed when they returned to Canada in May , to be replaced by a second, shorter term, deployment until October He went on to say that the unit was providing direct support to the Afghan government and was targeting the Taliban leadership in southern Afghanistan.
He stated that "trying to help neutralize those leaders is a key part of their role and that's what they will continue to do. In response, Task Force Knight — the British special forces task force in Iraq — initiated Operation Lightwater; spearheaded by B Squadron, 22nd Special Air Service Regiment SAS , the aim of which was to find and recover the hostages; a small team of JTF2 and Canadian intelligence experts joined the task force for the operation whilst the United States provided technical intelligence to the operation.
Together the force carried out relentless raids across the city, building up a picture by exploiting intelligence in the search for the hostages, eventually on the 23 March the three remaining hostages were rescued by the SAS. Involvement of JTF2 was not confirmed by Canadian officials. There has been much speculation in the Canadian media on possible JTF2 operational deployments. As of , the unit had members, but by the end of the year, with the War on Terror becoming a reality, the federal government announced their intentions to increase it to members within four years.
As of , the unit was believed to be in Iraq as training personnel, under the Canadian Operation Impact which is part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The shot was taken from a high-rise building using a standard Canadian military issued C15 long-range sniper weapon LRSW.
On 21 December , a Federal Court judge rejected a request to proceed with a court martial against an unnamed JTF2 officer, accused of assaulting and mistreating a subordinate. Because court martial requests require that the accused be named, the judge suggested that they explore other avenues to proceed with the court martial.
JTF2 has acknowledged the death of one member. Master Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer, 25, died on April 18, , after falling off a communications tower in Kandahar, Afghanistan. JTF2's secrecy kept the unit out of the Canadian public eye for quite some time, though it does appear in the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six video game series.
The game focuses on Tier 1 special forces groups around the world, and includes JTF2 as a playable unit in multiplayer mode.
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JTF2 soldiers are trained in the Canadian Artic to withstand extreme cold temperatures. They are trained to perform counterterrorism , hostage rescue and other calls. This unit is living in extreme secrecy. Little is known about the missions that they are involved in. In order to join, one must have Canadian Citizenship.
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The Department of National Defence is recruiting actors for a unique role: to be participants in real-life spy-vs-spy exercises. The military employs contractors for the work partly to ensure a more authentic experience. The surveillance training is run out of the Dwyer Hill Training Centre near Ottawa, home to the JTF2, but the instruction is not for any specific type of special forces members, said Beler. The company, which provides training to intelligence and special-forces personnel in the U. Not all of the training involves cloak-and-dagger stuff; it could be about conducting a meeting with a source at a restaurant without drawing attention, or simply briefing a diplomat, said Quiros. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site.
Serving as the centrepiece of Canada's special operations, JTF2 is primarily tasked with counter-terrorism operations but also specializes in direct action , special reconnaissance , hostage rescue , personnel recovery , and foreign internal defence. Much of the information regarding JTF2 is classified, and is not commented on by the Government of Canada. The decision was made largely because the Canadian Forces offered a greater pool of recruits for the program than civilian police forces, and it stemmed the public uproar about police being taught to use primarily lethal means. In early , the unit was activated with just over members, primarily drawn from the Canadian Airborne Regiment and Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
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