FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Army News Service, June 26, 2009) -- The U.S. Army Parachute Team known as the Golden Knights is now seeking candidates for its 2009 assessment and selection, which will begin Sept. 8.

Soldiers interested in trying out for the elite parachute team are encouraged to submit applications immediately; deadline for submission is July 24.

To be selected to the team, a Soldier must be on active-duty status, have completed 100 free-fall parachute jumps and have a good military and civilian record. Those requesting a jump waiver should contact the operations section, officials said.

Soldiers submitting their packets for selection will attend a rigorous six-week assessment and selection program of training. Those who successfully complete the six-week training program will be knighted in a special ceremony as an official member of the Golden Knights.

Applications are available at

(Cheryle Rivas serves as PAO for the U.S. Army Parachute Team.)