Chris Pook said:
Rotate more of the Reg Army through CANSOFCOM positions?
Vandoos, PPCLI and RCDs doing a two year secondment to a CSOR Direct Action Company and then return to their Regiment?
Hmmm sounds like the Airborne Regiment. >
You can't just rotate NCMs/Officers in to CANSOF Assaulter/Operator roles like a regular posting. There still has to be a selection and Assaulter/Operator course to get members that have the abilities/skill sets/personality that suites SOF and the roles they are employed. Just because someone was a good Infantryman/Officer in a Battalion doesn't mean they would be succcessful as an CSOR Operator, or JTF2 Assaulter.
The problem with CSOR is they've gone beyond the initial training scope of the unit. When CSOR was created, they took the bulk of 3 RCR Para Company, ran them through a crash course and said, you're now CSOR. So what you're saying is factually incorrect, it's perfectly possible to take a normal Infantry Company, weed out a few laggards and build a Commando unit, how do you think the Paras/Royal Marines have successfully done it for years?
CSOR has become JTF2 lite because we've gone for the 90% solution when the 75% probably would have sufficed and also been cheaper. I know a number of Operators who have been with CSOR since the beginning, they freely admit that they probably wouldn't crack the unit if they had to try out with today's selection standards.
What the CAF probably needs is a dedicated light infantry Battlegroup that's got a larger emphasis on physical fitness, field craft and individual soldier skills than your standard infantry battalion. Think Recce Platoon but way bigger.
You could have a short selection focused on physical fitness followed by a short commando course, voila unit created.
The elite of the French Army do it this way. The FFL takes their most physically fit/keen legionnaires and generally send them to 2REP. They then all do BPara followed by a "stage commando" which is dependent on which company they wind up in (2REP Companies all have different specialties - Mountain, Littoral, Desert, Urban, etc). After a few years, if they're still keen, they can attempt to get in to the elite Groupe Commando Parachutistes (GCP) which is a Tier 2 SOF unit within the French Army (each unit within the parachute brigade has at least one GCP, 2REP has two).
Because Canada only ever really dabbles in anything we do, six pack of fighters here, sprinkling of Int guys there, some CIMIC here, few tanks over there.... we tend to choose the most expensive COA, not necessarily the best one for producing massive amounts of combat power. Such is life in the Armed Forces of a declining middle power 8)