MILSIM, or Military Simulation, is a word widely used nowadays in hobbies such as paintball and Airsoft. I am one of those MILSIM players who draw some much needed adrenaline out of it. I was WIA in Afghanistan and the only way I can find similar adrenaline rushes is by getting shot at with 6mm plastic BBs that fly at around 400-450 FPS.

While most soldiers in here will call me a “wannabe” because I love playing Airsoft, I am confident it sparks the interest of many to sign up and serve their country. Let’s take a few minutes here and remember when we were kids playing with plastic guns and running around the block pretending to be soldiers killing bad guys. It was cool, wasn’t it? Well, Airsoft is amongst one of the new generation’s way to play the same game.

Of course, Airsoft is restricted to players who are 18 years old and over, thus making it a bit hard to compare the old ways to the new, but let me tell you something – a lot of time and effort is dedicated by true MILSIM players to replicate the current and past world’s SOF teams.

For example, I run a team called Task Force Spartan that is based on a MARSOC impression. Most of our pictures are pixelated because of OPSEC issues for the soldiers and some LE officers. We don’t want to look “cool” by doing it but more like protecting the identity of our boys. Some of our pictures have been found on sketchy websites quite a few times, and we wish to not have our faces showed in there.

We have 15 guys in the team ranging from 19 to 40 years old. Out of 15, half the team is currently or has served in the Canadian Forces, and a few others work with law enforcement or SAR capabilities. I guess our full-time jobs don’t offer us enough trigger time.

JWade playing Airsoft during last year’s Operation Battlefield, organised by

As I said, true MILSIM players will spend countless hours doing research over the internet to make sure their gear is as accurate as possible. I am not even talking about the financial side of MILSIM, as there are players who own more than $15,000 of issued gear and equipment.


There are communities all around the world dedicated to different styles. While most of the more serious MILSIM team are focused on US SOF, some of these communities are coming from Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, France, etc.

There is one I would like to point out – Development Team 6. These guys have teams all over the world and work tirelessly to replicate, as accurately as possible, the real DEVGRU operators. (This is where soldiers are throwing their beer at their computer screen, shouting at me…) Some will argue that these guys should serve their country instead of “playing” war, but most of the guys have professional jobs such as architects, engineers, lawyers and even doctors. It is their way to “live” their dream through a game in which they know they will have the opportunity to “respawn” and go back home once the day is over. Can we blame them for having fun? Not really, if you ask me.