Golden Knights seek candidates for assessment, selection
May 13, 2010
By Donna Dixon
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights is currently seeking candidates for their 2010 Assessment and Selection, which will begin Sept. 7, 2010.
Those interested in trying out for this elite parachute team are encouraged to submit applications immediately; deadline for submission is 31 July, 2010.
To be selected to the team, an individual must be on active-duty status, have completed 100 free-fall parachute jumps and have a good military and civilian record.
Individuals submitting their packets for selection will attend a rigorous six-week assessment and selection program of training. Members who successfully complete the six-week training program will be knighted in a special ceremony as an official member of the Golden Knights.
The U.S. Army Parachute Team originally began as the Strategic Army Command Parachute Team, formed in 1959. The team was officially recognized as the United States Army Parachute Team in 1961. One year later they adopted the nickname "The Golden Knights."
Serving under the United States Army Accessions Command and The United States Army Accessions Support Brigade, the Golden Knights are stationed at the home of the Airborne, Fort Bragg.
The team has a threefold mission; Support the U.S. Army Accessions Command by performing spectacular live parachute demonstrations in front of millions of Americans manifesting the "Band of Excellence" as displayed by all U.S. Army Soldiers around the world, conduct tandem jumps for selected individuals enabling the U.S. Army to promote its strategic outreach program and compete and win in national and international parachuting competitions exhibiting the "Warrior Ethos."