Thank you for reaching out.
I was posted at C.F.B. Petawawa when it changed over to become SSF. I was a member of 2 SVC Battalion and went into training for the new adjustment of becoming Canada's elite force SSF.
The training was rigid and demanding but necessary. I was proud to be a member of the SSF and I still am proud as a veteran. We were on the edge, ready and we welcomed the opportunity to serve when it involved helping another human being.
You never lose your training and to this day I remember and would be prepared to protect. However, I am older now and my ability to run 1.5 miles in less than 10 minutes is not quite in what you might call "qualified" to meet the standard of the day then. But, I know with my mental capability I would certainly give it a good go to meet the qualifying time today.
My mind is still ready, but my body is older and tired. A few injuries over the years also have caused limitations now. Regardless I can push beyond the limits of pain if I was required too. Especially if it involved saving a life or helping a person in crisis or conflict. The quote, "Once a soldier, Always a soldier" applies very profoundly I might add.
Do the other former members of the SSF still feel like they can contribute even though their bodies are older and less agile so to speak? Do world events and crisis cause you to be on edge and ready?