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This page addresses some of the more frequently asked questions we field about the CSOR-A and Special Operations Forces in general. If you have any other questions, please contact us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Why join the CSOR-A? What are the benefits?

Whether you are continuing in your military career or transitioning to the civilian sector, by having served in CSOR you are part of a special network that has a wealth of knowledge, experience and valuable connections. Wherever your path may lead, whatever you want to accomplish, being a CSOR-A member will make it easier for you to access and leverage this network.

The CSOR-A aims to provide services that are responsive to the particularities of serving with CSOR. Just some of the reasons to join include:

  • Professional networking and personal camaraderie

  • Tailored transition support both pre- and post-release

  • Access to private sector resources (e.g., employment opportunities)

  • Enhanced support services for members, spouses and families

  • Bursaries to help with post-secondary studies

  • Enhanced emergency support (e.g., for families of deployed members)

  • Be a part of the Regiment’s ongoing history

  • Ties to the First Special Service Force Association and similar groups

  • Access to an online Regimental and Association kit shop


I am still serving and have access to support services via the Military Family Resource Centre. Is the CSOR-A substantially different?


The CSOR-A doesn’t aim to duplicate services, but to identify and address shortfalls in order to develop and deliver targeted support for members and their families. To this end, from time to time we will conduct surveys or solicit feedback. As serving and former members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces community, we know what it’s like and are best positioned to steer service development and delivery.


How would the skill set of a Special Operations veteran be relevant to civilian employment?


Regardless of whether they serve (or served) in operational or supporting roles, the men and women who gravitate to and succeed at CSOR are fit, resourceful, mature, motivated professionals who are equally at home leading or collaborating in a team environment. They are driven to succeed wherever their path leads, whatever they set out to accomplish. Many CSOR-A members hold leadership positions in the civilian sector, have started their own businesses, or are active in civic life.


I am concerned that a Special Operations veteran may not be a good fit for my company's corporate culture: too aggressive, too hierarchical, etc.


The Special Operations “corporate culture” has very little in common with popular conceptions of the military as a strictly "vertical" hierarchy. By the time someone is ready to join CSOR they have acquired the maturity, adaptability and expertise necessary to succeed in a “horizontal” organization that is heavily reliant on collaboration and mutual respect. Special Operations personnel are neither the adrenaline-fueled superheroes nor the unfeeling robots you may have been led to believe; like you, they are individuals deserving of individual consideration.

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