Myth 1 - JTF 2 is a para-military organization.
No, JTF 2 is a military organization comprised of Canadian Armed Forces personnel from a wide range of occupations. The unit was created on April 1, 1993 when the Canadian Armed Forces accepted responsibility for federal counter-terrorism operations from the RCMP.
Myth 2 - JTF 2 only selects combat arms members.
JTF 2 is comprised of assaulters and supporting members, all of whom are Canadian Armed Forces personnel from a wide range of military occupations and all elements of the Canadian Armed Forces. All members are carefully screened for service in the various elements that comprise JTF 2.
Myth 3 - JTF 2 does not accept female applicants.
Any Regular Force member of the CAF, irrespective of gender, who completes the JTF 2 selection process and is deemed eligible for service may be given an opportunity to serve with the unit. The standards established for selection and employment with JTF 2 are scientifically designed and validated at the Canadian Armed Forces Dwyer Hill Training Centre in order to ensure that the members selected will be capable of accomplishing all tasks assigned to the unit. These standards are not gender specific and encompass the individuals’ physical abilities, professional skill sets, integrity, psychological profile, mental aptitude, discipline, and maturity. These standards are not just used for selecting new members, they are maintained throughout the unit and are ingrained in the JTF 2 ethos.
Myth 4 - JTF 2 members have a higher than average divorce rate.
Divorce rates for JTF 2 members are comparable to those of the Canadian Armed Forces average.
Myth 5 - You must know someone within JTF 2 to get into the unit.
Any Canadian Armed Forces member who successfully completes the JTF 2 distinctive selection process for assaulter/supporter training and is deemed eligible for service may be given an opportunity to serve with the unit. The JTF 2 selection process has been scientifically validated, and knowing someone within JTF 2 will not provide prospective candidates with an advantage over others.
Myth 6 - You must be single to serve in the unit.
The marital status of a Canadian Armed Forces member has no bearing on their eligibility for service with JTF 2.
Myth 7 - You cannot have any tattoos to be eligible for service with JTF 2.
Tattoos or other physical identifiers do not have any bearing on a Canadian Armed Forces member’s eligibility for service with JTF 2. A prospective candidate who successfully completes the JTF 2 selection process and is deemed eligible for service may be given an opportunity to serve with the unit.
Myth 8 - Recruiting for JTF 2 is done outside the unit chain of command.
Recruiting for JTF 2 is coordinated and conducted under the authority of the unit (JTF 2) chain of command. Recruiting drives are conducted throughout Canada, permitting prospective candidates an opportunity to ask questions about service with JTF 2 and counter similar myths.
Myth 9 - Once posted to JTF 2 you cannot leave the unit.
Canadian Armed Forces members who successfully complete the JTF 2 selection process and are deemed eligible for service with JTF 2 may be given an opportunity to serve with the unit. Although time served with the unit varies from member to member, regulations require members to serve a minimum amount of time with the unit prior to returning to their home units.
Myth 10 - JTF 2 conducts activities outside the law.
All JTF 2 activities are conducted within the bounds of Canadian Law. Furthermore, the Government of Canada authorizes the overall missions and tasks undertaken by JTF 2, at all times. The unit is accountable to the Chief of the Defence Staff. The Chief of the Defence Staff is accountable to the Minister of National Defence who, as a Minister of the Crown, is responsible to the Prime Minister of Canada.
Myth 11 – Reservists cannot be part of JTF 2.
Reserve Force members can apply for Special Operations Assaulter (NCM Only) but not Special Operations Coxswain positions. Reserve Force members may apply for specific Specialist and Supporter positions, as listed on the CAF Reserve Employment Opportunities website. Applicants must complete the CANSOFCOM screening process in order to be eligible and could be employed as Class A, B or C in accordance with the specific employment opportunity.