Research study will assess impact of sports on operational readiness



Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) has partnered with a research team from the University of Ottawa, led by Drs. Benoit Séguin and Milena Parent, to perform an in-depth review of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) sports program.

The objective of this research is to help CFMWS demonstrate the value, contribution, and impact of sport on the operational readiness of the CAF and thereby make the necessary strategic decisions regarding the future directions of the program.

To achieve these goals, they have already interviewed CAF members who are involved in CAF sports. They are now embarking on a series of interviews with members who do not participate in the sport program.

Representation from commands, ranks, sex, locations/bases, and languages (French/English) will be ensured. The objective of this qualitative research study is to help guide decision-making when it comes to program elements, governance, and resource allocation, while helping further quantify the impact of the program within the CAF. This will have a specific focus on the impact of sport participation on the social, mental, and physical dimensions of wellness.

If you are a current CAF member who has not participated in the CAF sports program, or a current CAF member who has previously participated in the CAF sports program but for various reasons are no longer participating, researchers want to hear from you.

Personnel interested in participating are asked to contact either of the lead researchers: Benoit Séguin and Milena Parent, at and


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