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The CIOR/CIOMR Connection

Originally published in the CIOR Newsletter.

CIOMR gladly accepts the invitation of CIOR to contribute to the “CIOR Newsletter” and looks at it as being a rather logical consequence of us being “brothers in arms”.   
According to the NATO handbook the importance for NATO of reserve officers associations is that they are in a position to contribute to a better understanding of Security- and Defense issues in the population as a whole, as well as bringing expertise and experience to the tasks and challenges facing reserve forces in NATO. 

Close co-operation

NATO expects therefore from both CIOR and CIOMR a close co-operation and solidarity within the Atlantic Alliance. As a matter of fact CIOR and CIOMR are seen by NATO as being one organization as, according to MC 248/1-1998, it is mentioned that throughout the document the abbreviation CIOR includes CIOMR. 
Are we then so close and yet so far away from each other?
Of course there are differences between CIOR and CIOMR, the greatest being the difference in size. The difference in size is partly artificial but also partly inherent to the military reservists themselves.  Artificial because reserve officers organizations of several countries are used to send more delegates to CIOR than to CIOMR. It is inherent because there happen to be more military reservists involved in “military duties” than in “specific expertise” like medical reservists. 

Different fields

As we are working in different fields, both CIOR and CIOMR are organizing meetings in which we deal with our subjects in such a way that we work separated from each other. Because of our crammed programs we do not even have time to pay attention to each other’s important gatherings.
In order to come closer to each other, both parties ought to be able to make some overtures. 
Efforts should be made to synchronize programs in order to enhance participation of delegates in each other’s important meetings. As our MWM’s and SC’s are rather time consuming, it would possibly be an idea to make room during the IBM’s in order to allow representatives of both boards to sit together and share plans for the next congress. Also the possibility of sharing interest in each other’s meetings ought to be investigated. For example, why should we not include speakers, vice versa, in our symposia in order to illustrate specific views?    

Smaller as organization

Being smaller as organization, CIOMR has fewer committees than CIOR. The Scientific Committee (SC) and the Operational Medicine Committee (OMC) being the largest and the Audit Committee and the Continuing Education Committee somewhat smaller. Apart from that, CIOMR participates in the COMEDS (NATO Committee of Chiefs of Medical Services) Working Group. CIOMR also have liaison officers in the Symposium working Group, PfP & O and DefSec of CIOR. As organizer of the Combat Casualty Care (3C) Competition, the OMC has already its tight connections with MilComp of CIOR, but the SC ought to be motivated to discuss with CIOR the possibilities of sharing speakers at symposia. 

The subjects of interest of CIOR are harbored in a multitude of working groups. Because of the fact that CIOMR is a much smaller organization, it will be difficult to supply participants to all of these working groups, apart from a few liaisons posted already. That does not mean, however, that these subjects are not appealing to CIOMR and that efforts should be made for sharing. CIMIC, PfP and Outreach, YRO, Leadership, Negotiation and Process Management, DefSec (Cyber warfare) and the Reserves Monitor do have many interesting points for CIOMR.

What is CIOMR

The Confédération Interalliée des Officiers Médicaux de Réserve (Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers) was founded in Brussels in 1947 by Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Nowadays the reserve officers associations of most NATO countries are members. Also organizations of non-NATO countries are (associate) members: Austria, the Republic of South Africa, Singapore and Switzerland.
Delegates are physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, nurses, technicians and medical service corps officers.
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