The "2" designation simply distinguished it from other CAF joint forces in existence when the unit was formed.Like all Canadian Armed Forces units that have participated in the international campaign against terrorism, JTF 2 has been very successful in its operations.Many people make the argument that other countries in the international Special Operations Forces community have publicized the activities of their units regularly in the last ten years.This argument is made under the assumption that all Special Operations Forces units are identical, and that every country's situation is the same.In fact, there are different groups or tiers within the international Special Operations Forces community, and strategic-level counter-terrorism forces such as JTF 2 normally operate under strict security guidelines. In other countries these qualifications might be part of their Special Operations Forces units, but in Canada, they are embedded in our conventional combat units.The Canadian Armed Forces have been open and transparent about the accomplishments of its Army snipers, its Pathfinder courses held at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton and the Canadian graduates of the U. Some countries that appear to have provided more open access to their Special Operations Forces units also have larger militaries, and are able to showcase people and equipment without compromising their most sensitive capabilities.For example, the headquarters for Operation Apollo, Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, which commanded units from Army, Navy and Air Force personnel operating in the Persian Gulf area from October 2001 to October 2003, was called Joint Task Force South West Asia.Since members of JTF 2 are recruited from all elements of the CAF, the unit is considered a joint force.
Just like other Canadian Armed Forces units, JTF 2 must be prepared to deploy worldwide.For example, there are more than 52,000 people in the U. Special Operations Command, while there are about 67,000 effective strength members in the CAF Regular Force.For reasons of national security the CAF does not discuss the details of JTF 2 organization, capabilities or activities.The Government of Canada authorizes the overall missions and tasks undertaken by JTF 2, at all times.The unit is the responsibility of the Commander Special Operations Forces Command who is accountable to the Chief of the Defence Staff.