Reservists from more than two-dozen countries gathered to take part in the 2014 Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, known globally by the French acronym, CIOR. Now in its 66th year, this international conference plays a critical role in maintaining readiness for millions of Reservists represented here by these NATO partners.
Part diplomatic conference part military competition, the Congress is an annual meeting designed to facilitate CIOR’s mission of support to the NATO Alliance. Through committees that examine issues and provide analysis relating to reserve forces and international competition that display combat and medical tactics, the Congress has also become a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity for individual Reservists.
As if the complexities of Reserve service weren’t enough, CIOR is chiefly responsible for maintaining the continuity of Reservists across international borders and advising on the use of Reserve forces in joint operations worldwide: no easy mission. But leaders here say it’s essential to maintaining the levels of Reserve efficiency and capability the US military has come to expect and rely upon.
“Freedom is not free and success in battle takes readiness training.” said Brigadier General Michael Silva, USA (Ret), National President of the Reserve Officers Association of the US. The CIOR Military Competition brings reserve forces together from our NATO allies to compete and demonstrate their skills in fundamental military tasks. But, the value to the individual Reservist doesn’t stop there as the exposure to Reserve Forces of other nations adds a broadening dimension that is unique. Silva said international events like these add a level of readiness training and international broadening that, “US service members simply can’t find anywhere else outside of actual coalition operations.” Silva added, “In addition to the MILCOMP, this Congress also has a Young Reserve Officer Workshop (YROW) that really serves to enhance the professional development and ultimately the cultural capability of our young Reserve officers. CIOR is a valuable experience more American Reservists should have in their careers as global perspectives will be even more important to our future leadership.”
Detailed Congress informaton will be posted as soon as available.
Learn more about CIOR at: http://www.cior.net/