Members of this year’s Assessment and Selection program run to the teams Twin Otter . Throughout the program they run everywhere. (Photo by: Donna Dixon)
The U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights’2010 Assessment and Selection program will be conducting the annual Graduation program on Tuesday, November 2 at Raeford drop zone. The program began with 16 and ended with 9 Soldiers who endured the 8 weeks of intense training vying for a position on the elite team. They have truly earned the right to wear the prestigious black and gold uniform—representing the Army’s Official Ambassadors.
: Candidates learn to remove spoons from cans to prepare for next jump. Army Parachute Team demonstrators where red smoke grenades on a bracket strapped to their foot to enhance the visual effects for jumps at air shows and events. (Photo by: Donna Dixon)
To be selected to the team, an individual must be on active duty status, have completed 150 free fall parachute jumps and have a good military and civilian record. Individuals submit their packets for selection, a process that includes a rigorous six-week assessment and selection program of training. Members that successfully completed the six-week training program were knighted today in a special ceremony as an official member of the Golden Knights.
Class of 2009: graduates and cadre of the 2009 Assessment and Selection Program (Photo by: Sean Capogreco)
- Class of 2008: One of the larger classes to graduate in recent years. Historical class graduating 5 females. (Photo by: Donna Dixon)
Class of 2007: SFC Jeff Shafer lead 2007 tryouts program. (Photo by: Sean Capogreco)
Class of 2006: LTC Dave Standridge greets cadre and new team members to knight them.
Class of 2005: Candidates of the 2005 program