1. What is the difference between CSOR and Joint Task Force Two (JTF 2)?
CSOR and JTF 2 are two distinct units within Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) that have specific capabilities and tasks. Each unit utilizes a different selection and training model in order to ensure that their personnel can fulfill their unique operational mandates. CANSOFCOM units rarely conduct operations independently. CANSOFCOM employs an integrated operating concept based on a Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) that combines a broad spectrum of SOF capabilities in order to accomplish assigned missions. Therefore, CSOR personnel frequently work alongside personnel from JTF 2, CJIRU and 427 SOAS to accomplish assigned missions and tasks.
2. What is the difference between CSOR and a conventional infantry unit?
CSOR maintains a higher level of operational readiness and possesses capabilities not found in a conventional infantry battalion; however, CSOR like all special operations units is not capable of replacing the important role played by conventional infantry units. In order to accomplish its specific operational tasks, CSOR is organized and structured differently than a conventional infantry unit.
3. Can civilians with no prior military experience apply for service with CSOR?
No. CSOR only accepts qualified applicants currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
4. Can females apply for service at CSOR?
Yes. All members of the Canadian Armed Forces may apply to serve at CSOR.
5. Do applicants require operational experience?
No. Applicants do not require operational experience.
6. Do Special Forces Operator applicants need to be in the combat arms?
No. All members of the Canadian Armed Forces, regardless of their trade, may apply for service at CSOR, including as a Special Forces Operator.
7. Are there different physical fitness requirements for Special Operations Supporters and Special Forces Operators?
Yes, the physical fitness standards for Supporters and Operators are different. (See How to Join CSOR for more information on specific fitness requirements.) Regardless of whether you want to be a Special Forces Operator or a Special Operations Supporter, you should strive to exceed minimum standards. Simply meeting the minimum standard is inconsistent with special operations core values.
8. If I join CSOR as a Special Operations Supporter, can I become a Special Forces Operator?
Support personnel may apply for service as a Special Forces Operator after completing two years of service (minimum) in the support position for which they were hired.
9. If I successfully become a CSOR Special Forces Operator, can I transfer to JTF 2?
Application and selection for JTF 2 is a separate process; you cannot laterally transfer from CSOR to JTF 2. CSOR Special Forces Operators are required to serve with CSOR for three years after completion of the Special Forces Course (SFC).
10. Why should I apply for service with CSOR?
You are a thinking warrior. You are a leader. You are fit, resourceful, mature and motivated. You have an appetite for unique challenges and opportunities. Regardless of your rank, you are a team player ready to pitch in and get the job done. You want to work with people like you, in an environment that will allow your skills and abilities to shine.
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