How to Join the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team

To become a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team - the SkyHawks, you must already be a full- or part-time member of the Canadian Armed Forces. To learn more about joining, please visit the recruiting website.

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team - the SkyHawks is organized under the authority of CFAO 50-22 and is composed of parachute-trained personnel posted to the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre at CFB Trenton. 

Augmentation to the team is required annually and is open to all CAF members who meet the following minimum criteria: 

  • Qualified DP1 or Second Lieutenant in any trade or classification;
  • Qualified Military Freefall Parachutist or hold an "A" certificate issued by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association with a minimum of 50 freefall jumps; and
  • Be recommended by their unit Commanding Officer.  

For additional information consult CANFORGEN 224/12. Members who apply must be prepared to pass the Para physical fitness test upon their arrival at the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre. The Para physical fitness test consists of the following:

  • 1 mile run in 7 minutes and 30 seconds;
  • 7 Chinups; and
  • 31 Situps.  

Unsuccessful personnel will be returned to their home units.  

Applications must be scanned and sent to email account skyhawks@forces.gc.ca by 30th November of the preceding year in order to be considered for the following year's team. Applications must include a resume of experience, their MPRR, a copy of their logbook and letter from their CO recommending their participation with the team from March to October. 

Units will be notified of selected personnel by message in the January/February timeframe. Joining Instructions will also be forwarded at this time.  

For more information contact The SkyHawks Operations Officer at CSN 827-7660 or 613-965-7660.

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