JTF2 STARTS NEW RECRUIT CAMPAIGN

 

 

JTF2 fires up new look in recruitment campaign; Support workers targeted in new Joint Task Force 2 posters, website

 

By David Pugliese

 

The Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Page: A3

Section: News

 

The Canadian military’s Joint Task Force 2 has brought a new look to its recruiting by focusing, in part, on the personnel who support the counter-terrorism organization.

 

The Ottawa-based unit has revamped its website and issued a new series of recruiting posters that not only include the combat and counter-terrorism aspects of JTF2, but also focus on jobs that allow the commandos to do their work.

 

Besides showing the heavily armed JTF2 assaulters, considered the fighting edge of the unit, the recruiting posters now highlight support trades such as welders, firearms technicians, communications specialists and medics.

 

Lt.-Cmdr. Walter Moniz, the spokesman for Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, said JTF2 and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment based at CFB Petawawa had revamped their websites and other units in the command would soon follow suit. He said the process was in keeping with a general overhaul of Canadian Forces web pages to look similar as well as to “keep a fresh look” for the sites.

 

At the same time, though, JTF2 has also produced the recruiting posters and put information on its website to entice those in support trades in the Canadian Forces to give special operations a try.

 

“There were times that people didn’t know we looked for support trades, so when you go on the site, you’ll see a listing of that as well,” Lt.-Cmdr. Moniz said. “It was in essence to broaden it to ensure we better inform people what was available there for them.”

 

Lt.-Cmdr. Moniz said the commander of special operations, Col. Mike Day, had listed the growth of the formation as one of his priorities. The websites are used not only as a recruiting tool, but also to provide information to the public, he added.

 

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the federal government provided $119 million in new funding to the Defence Department to double the capacity of JTF2. The unit had about 300 members at that time, but since then it is estimated to have grown to around 600, although the actual figure is considered secret.

 

In 2006, the military also created the special operations command and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment as well as expanding its chemical and biological defence unit and special forces aviation unit.

 

JTF2 and the special operations regiment have faced an uphill battle in some of its recruiting efforts since the army, the main service that provides candidates, has found itself needing all its personnel to support the Afghanistan war.

 

For more Canadian Forces and Defence Department news go to David Pugliese’s Defence Watch at:

 

http://communities.canada.com/ottawacitizen/blogs/defencewatch/

 

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