Commando Parachute Group

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HistoryEdit

The GCP were founded in 1965 as Équipes de Saut Ouverture à Grande Hauteur, SOGH (High Altitude Jump Teams or HAHO Teams). On January 1, 1982; the unit was renamed (C)ommandos de (R)enseignement et d'(A)ction dans la (P)rofondeur, CRAP (Reconnaissance and Deep Action Commandos), a designation nomination which was conserved till 1999. In 1969, the Deep Action and Reconnaissance Commandos (CRAP) of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment participate for the first time in Chad.

StructureEdit

In 2007, the GCP aligns under their command 19 Teams of paratroopers commandos constituted of a dozen members. The GCP Teams are dispersed in the following French parachute regiments:

 
A Parachute Commando of a GCP Team held a FN SCAR-L during Exercise Falcon Amarante.

SelectionEdit

In order to serve in the GCP the candidate must meet the following requirements-

  • To be the rank of corporal or higher in the French Armed Forces
  • Must pass 11th Parachute Brigade / Commando Parachute Group selection
  • To be medically fit for parachute jump and thus acquiring the following qualifications: TAP et Chuteurs Opérationnels.

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  • To be adept whilst out in the field minimum 4 month plus deployment ( More than 4 month on OPEX).
  • To have security clearance type classification (SD)
  • To pass Pre-Selection, which consists of:
    • 2 rope climbs carrying full opex gear and arms
    • A swim in combat fatigues that includes underwater tests and 5 meter rope climb from the water; depending on mother regiment this may be in rough winter seas.
    • An obstacle course to be completed under a set time.
    • An orientation/navigation test to be completed under a set time.
    • A 30 km TAP in full fighting order to be completed under a set time with record held by CCH Graham Pelham of 2e REP GCP in 2hrs 28 min, 1994.
    • 1500m and 8000m runs in full opex gear and arms, to be completed under set times.
    • Unarmed combat skills and aggression tests including 'milling' a type of no rules boxing.
    • An interview and general skills testing with current serving members of the GCP
  • To pass the physically and mentally demanding Brevet Niveaux 1 et 2 du Centre National d'Entraînement Commando (The National Commando Training Centre) (CNEC) at Mont-Louis
    • Brevet Niveau 1 : « Commando Entrainement »
    • Brevet Niveau 2 : « Moniteur des Techniques Commandos » for senior NCOs and officers or « Moniteur des Techniques Commandos Spécialisés » for junior NCOs
    • Brevet Niveau 3 : « Instructeur des Techniques Commandos »
  • To pass the 'Chuteur Opérationnel' de l'ETAP course (stage 55 501 SOGH) that lasts three months.

Upon completion of program, candidate is integrated in GCP Teams.

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