FORT BRAGG, NC--The U.S. Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights is currently seeking candidates for the 2013 Assessment and Selection Program. Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2013 with the assessment and selection class beginning September 3, 2013. Those interested in trying out for this elite parachute team which represents the U.S. Army at parachute demonstrations across the country are encouraged to submit applications immediately.
To be selected, an individual must be on active duty status, have completed 100 free fall parachute or civilian skydiving jumps, and have a good military and civilian record. Individuals do not need to be Military Free-Fall or Airborne qualified. For more information about the team, contact CPT Nick Viar or 1SG Bryan Schnell at 910-907-3205 or 910-907-3131. Individuals selected based on their submission packets will attend a rigorous eight-week assessment and selection program.
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 as a subordinate battalion of the United States Army Accessions Support Brigade and the Army Marketing & Research Group, the Golden Knights are stationed at the home of the Airborne, Fort Bragg, N.C. The team has a threefold mission; support the Army recruiting mission by performing live parachute demonstrations in front of millions of Americans and representing Army Soldiers stationed around the world, conduct tandem jumps for selected individuals enabling the U.S. Army to promote its strategic outreach program, and to compete against the world's best skydivers at national and international parachuting competitions.

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