Note: JW Wade speaks French as a first language so please consider this as you read his work. Thank you -Brandon

There is a huge debate now about how unit commanders are denying their soldiers application to the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, mostly known as CANSOFCOM. We all know that they are drawing their members from volunteers who are seeking a bigger challenge. Unfortunately, unit commanders reasons to deny the applications are quite simple, they don’t want to lose their best officers and NCOs

Recently, CANSOFCOM recruiting cells were having major problems finding volunteers who knew what the SOF life would involve. The rigorous training and the time spent away from family is making the volunteer pool a bit scarce.

With the combat mission done in Afghanistan, a lot of younger guys are looking into the units of CANSOFCOM to fulfill their desire to see combat. What they don’t understand is that they lack serious experience and maturity needed to be ready for such a role. Of course, there are always exceptions. I have a very good friend who has been in for four years now, but didn’t have the chance to deploy to Kandahar. He is a combat diver with one of the engineer regiments, and also just finished the recon course, in which he kicked ass. That type of young soldier could fit in a SOF element, but is rare and mostly very humble about what they can do. It is one of the main qualities any SOF soldier should have.