Canada’s Special Operations Regiment – CSOR

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The Canada’s Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) is a part of the secretive Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2). The CSOR is battalion-sized unit inside JTF-2 which consists of three other specialized elite units. All units operating under the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CSOFC). CSOR alongside other special units under CSOFC has been active in the War on Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan).

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The CSOR was founded in 2006. Despite is is a relatively young force in the World of Special Forces, Canada’s Special Operations Regiment can trace its history back to the famous Canadian/U.S, 1st Special Service Force, better known as the Devil’s Brigade, which distinguished itself during operations in Italy in World War II. Canada’s Special Operations Regiment concept, like then, is of a highly-trained, special infantry unit along the lines of the U.S Army Ranger Regiment and world similar special operations forces. Their focus is on DA (direct action), reconnaissance, support of other Special Operations Forces units, and foreign forces training.

Selection and training

Selection process occurs every September 11-22. The CSOR’s selection training is open to male and female applicants from the Army, Navy and Air Force who pass the 2-day evaluation course. The prerequisites of this course are that applicants have at least two years service, (reservists three years) and have a security clearance.

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CSOR – Canada’s Special Operations Regiment

The selection phase is divided into two categories to which an applicant may apply for one to begin the evaluation:

First category (phobias and physical fitness)

Candidates are tested and must not have phobias to heights, water or confined spaces. They must be Basic Paratrooper qualified or volunteer for Basic Paratrooper training if not qualified. All candidates must be prepared to conduct Insert/Extract training which will require an absence of phobias to heights and a high level of physical fitness.

  • 20-meter shuttle run(minimum 5 minutes rest).
  • Minimum 40 pushups(2 minutes rest).
  • Minimum 40 situps (in one minute) (minimum 2 minutes rest).
  • Minimum 5 pullups (15 minutes rest).
  • Combat Swim Test( 25 Meter swim in uniform, boots, rifle,
  • absent flotation.
  • 13 Km march with 35kg. in 2 hours, 26 minutes.(10-minute break).
  • Casualty evacuation of similar size soldier to 100 meters distance in under 60 seconds.

Second Category (swim test, marches)

  • Candidates conducting a Basic Military Swim Test (Water safety knowledge, abandon ship emergencies, rudimentary swimming skills).
  • 13km weight loaded march with 24.5kg in 2 hours, 26 minutes (Army Fitness Standard)(minimum 10-minute break).
  • Casualty evacuation of similar size soldier to 100 meters distance in under 60 seconds.

All candidates who successfully pass those categories undergo a final review by a Base personnel officer and may be recommended for further training, or may not. Selected candidates will spend several arduous months in the shaping of physical and mental exercises, focusing on combat skills and survival methods.

Their motto on Latin is Audeamus which stands for We Dare.

The small number who pass, receive the CSOR’s tan beret and are assigned based on their category, to either of the three Direct Action companies, Special Forces company or Support Company. The eventual size of the Canada’s Special Operation Regiment is secret, but some estimation is around 800 personnel. One unique fact is, before becoming members, applicants need not have been in combat occupations, but could come from areas such as cooks, drivers, and clerks.

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Operations

The CSOR regiment has maintained a presence in the southern province Kandahar, Afghanistan since 2006, in support of the Canadian and coalition forces. The CSOR also works with international partners and they are conducting join training with other countries. They took part in the training of the Jamaican Defence Force counter-terrorism assault team  and Belize’s special forces, the Belize Special Assignment Group.

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CSOR – Canada’s Special Operations Regiment

For sure, members of Canada’s Special Operations Regiment are true professionals and currently among the best that country can offer in the world’s war on terror.

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