Members of the Golden Knights performing a formation skydiving jump Members of the Golden Knights performing a formation skydiving jump

Golden Knights

Take an adventurous path as part of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, more widely known as the Golden Knights. You’ll perform around the world as an elite unit.

Make History as an Aerial Ambassador

Combine your passion for skydiving with your desire for teamwork. As a Golden Knight, you’ll compete among the best and serve as an ambassador for the Army in communities across the nation and around the world.

A Golden Knights parachute team lining up to board an aircraft A Golden Knights parachute team lining up to board an aircraft

Teams that MAKE UP the Golden Knights

The Golden Knights are made up of several expert teams and skilled professionals who all play a critical role in the Army’s success. This includes parachute teams, aircraft pilots, and even those behind-the-scenes handling jump logistics. Whether you’re jumping out of planes going 120 miles per hour or learning how to land with expert precision, you’ll embrace the thrill of adventure and feel proud while doing it.

A Golden Knights skydiver flying a US Flag as he parachutes through the sky A Golden Knights skydiver flying a US Flag as he parachutes through the sky

A Legacy of Success

What started in 1959 as a small team competing against the former Soviet Union’s skydivers is now an international icon representing the Army’s success. The Golden Knights have earned over 3,800 medals in competition while also achieving 348 world records in the process.

See the golden knights in action

Get a glimpse of what it's like to be a champion of the sky. Watch the Golden Knights live, stay up to date with events near you, or download instructions to request an appearance.

EVENTS IN YOUR AREA

Date Event Location
Apr 1 - 2, 2023 Wings Over Homestead Air and Space Show
Homestead Air Reserve Base
29050 Coral Sea Blvd
Homestead, FL 33039
Apr 14 - 15, 2023 Purdue Aviation Day
Purdue University Airport
1501 Aviation Dr
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Apr 14 - 16, 2023 Grand Prix of Long Beach
The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
Apr 22, 2023 Dyess Big County Air Fest
Dyess Air Force Base
1517 Arnold Blvd
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Apr 22, 2023 Thunder Over Louisville 325 w Main St
Louisville, KY 40203
Apr 23 - 24, 2023 San Antonio Fiesta 2023
San Antonio Country Club
4100 N. New Braunfels
San Antonio, TX 78209
May 11 - 13, 2023 Vietnam War Commemoration
National Mall
Constitution and Independence Ave
Washington D.C., DC 20050
May 13 - 14, 2023 Westfield International Air Show
Barnes Municipal Airport
110 Airport Road
Westfield, MA 01085
May 19 - 21, 2023 Chennault International Air Show
Chennnault International Airport
3650 Sen J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70615
May 20 - 21, 2023 Power In The Pines Air & Space Open House
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
3021 McGuire Blvd
Trenton, NJ 08641
May 27 - 28, 2023 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, NY 11793
Jun 6, 2023 CG National Educator Tour
Fort Carson
6303 Wetzel Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80913
Jun 14, 2023 U.S. Army Twilight Tattoo
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
South 2nd Street
Fort Myer, VA 22211
Jun 24 - 25, 2023 Wings Over Flint Airshow
Bishop International Airport
3425 W Bristol Rd
Flint, MI 48507
Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2023 Dubuque JayCees Air Show
A.Y. McDonald Park
1934 Volunteer Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Jul 22, 2023 New York Yankee Military Appreciation Day
New York Yankee Stadium
1 E 161st St
Bronx, NY 10451
Jul 22 - 23, 2023 Dayton Air Show
Dayton International Airport
3600 Terminal Road
Vandalia, OH 45377
Jul 26, 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days 1210 W 8th Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Aug 5 - 6, 2023 Seafair
Genesee Park
4316 S Genesee
Seattle, WA 98118
Aug 16, 2023 Atlantic City Airshow
Atlantic City Board Walk
900 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Aug 19 - 20, 2023 Chicago Air and Water Show
Chicago Lakefront
1600 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60613
Aug 19 - 20, 2023 Kansas City Air Show
New Century AirCenter
101 New Century Pkwy
New Century, KS 66031
Aug 26 - 27, 2023 West Virginia's Greatest Airshow
Shepherd Field Air National Giard Base
222 Sabre Jet Blvd
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Aug 26 - 27, 2023 Gowen Thunder Open House and Air Show
Gowen Field
4087 W Harvard St
Boise, ID 83705
Sep 2 - 3, 2023 Cleveland National Air Show
Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N Marginal Rd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2023 Great Pacific Air Show
Huntington Beach
16071 Goldenwest St
Huntington, CA 92647
A Golden Knights parachute team poses for a photo in a helicopter before a jump A Golden Knights parachute team poses for a photo in a helicopter before a jump

WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A GOLDEN KNIGHT

While there's an opportunity for all members of the Army to become a Golden Knight, positions are highly competitive and meant for those dedicated to being a skydiving specialist. Soldiers must meet these requirements to be considered:

  • Qualified: Airborne qualified or willing to attend U.S. Army Airborne School
  • Experienced: Performed a minimum of 100 military or civilian free-fall jumps
  • Disciplined: Clean military and civilian criminal or disciplinary record
  • Approved: Must have submitted an application packet for approval

A member of the Golden Knights poses for a photo as he jumps from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter A member of the Golden Knights poses for a photo as he jumps from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter

Every Golden Knight is a Soldier First

To become a member of the Golden Knights, you must first become an Army Soldier. Explore the variety of career opportunities the Army offers and see what it takes to join.

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  3. You'll work with us to decide whether the Army is right for you

Questions you may have right now

Who will reach out to me?

One of our recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

What will you ask me?

Our conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age and education level. From there, the conversation will be about getting to know you and your goals for the future. Expect us to ask about your interests and skills so we can suggest Army jobs that might interest you.

How can I prepare for the conversation?

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ROTC makes it possible to achieve your ambitions. Become a leader and serve your country in one of the nation's top leadership training programs. You can do this while maintaining your college curriculum and earning up to 100% tuition coverage. Upon graduation, you're guaranteed a career as an Army Officer.

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