With the Canadian Special Operations Regiment article done, I am now moving towards Canada’s most elite group of soldiers: Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2).

JTF2 was created on April 1, 1993 right after the acceptation of federal counter-terrorism by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Before that, the RCMP had a team called Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) that was responsible for all counter-terrorism operations nationally.

The reasons were simple, Canadian Forces had a much bigger recruit pool and the general population were not really happy with having Law Enforcement Officers using lethal means as a first resource.

The first 100 members were drawn from the now disbanded Canadian Airborne Regiment and also from the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. They were given the old SERT training facility on Dwyer Hill, right outside Ottawa.