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Article: RAF Reservist Trains With NATO Counterparts

A reserve officer from 606 Squadron, RAF Benson, met with his counterparts from across NATO in the Czech Republic in April to discuss cross cultural communication.
Scott Quayle, 31, from Yeovil, Somerset, was one of 14 officers from across the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force sponsored by the UK Reserve Forces Association to go to Prague. The three day event aimed to train reservists from across NATO about the importance of cultural understanding and negotiation in military operations. 
“Reservists have an important part to play in our modern armed forces, more and more of us are playing a vital role in operations around the world. So the opportunity to meet and train alongside our counterparts from across NATO has been fantastic,” explains Scott, who has worked his way through the ranks and recently commissioned as an officer on 606 Squadron in Oxfordshire.
“There were representatives from nine countries including America and South Africa. It was great to have the chance to work alongside them.” 
The event included workshops on cultural considerations, working with interpreters, negotiation and rapport building. It was set up by the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, an organisation representing over 36 NATO countries that advises NATO on reservist issues. 
“The workshops were great,” said Scott. “We had the opportunity to discuss our own cultural differences and experiences, which was fascinating. There was also a class on defining our own negotiation styles which proved very helpful in the final role play where we had to negotiate the release of a prisoner into NATO control.
 “It is all about winning hearts and minds,” says Kate Smith, training specialist from the US Army Tradoc Culture Centre, who was leading some of the workshops. 
“Culture training is a vital part of modern combat. It is all about influencing and communicating with others. Relationship building is a key part of modern asymmetric warfare. Negotiation is a very important skill for young officers in today’s environment. Negotiators need to know who they are and who their opponent is in order to achieve the desired outcome.
“The participation from the officers has been really good,” she added. “To watch the officers bring not only their military skills but their civilian expertise to the table as well has been great to see. This is something unique to the reserves.”
The event ended with a small ceremony and attendants received certificates from the current President of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, Bulgarian Army Lieutenant Colonel Dimitar Popov (Reserve).
“It is so important that we train young officers in multi-national situations to prepare them for NATO operations in an ever changing global environment,”he said.
“I have been very pleased with the feedback from this course. The officers have engaged positively and we have seen some excellent negotiation skills, which are so vital in international relations.”
 
 
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NOTES TO EDITORS 
Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers
The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, commonly referred to by its French acronym CIOR, represents the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization.
Founded in 1948 by the reserve officer associations of Belgium, France and the Netherlands, CIOR is now a NATO-affiliated, non-political and non-profit umbrella organization of member nations’ national reserve officer associations.
The CIOR meets twice a year – in the summer and winter – and they work through committees that examine issues and provide analysis relating to reserve forces.  Typical issues of interest include the contribution of reserve forces to international operations, the re-integration of reservists within their respective communities following deployment abroad, the law of armed conflict, the impact of NATO expansion on the Reserves, and employer support to reservists.
In addition to their roles as reserve officers, many individual delegates of CIOR are highly accomplished business and industrial leaders, public servants and academics.  They are therefore in a unique position to contribute to a better understanding of security and defence issues in the population as a whole, as well as bringing civilian expertise and experience to the tasks and challenges facing reserve forces in NATO.
For further details go to http://www.cior.net/About-CIOR.aspx
UK Reserve Forces Association 
The United Kingdom Reserve Forces Association (UKRFA) is a tri-service organisation. Membership is open to individuals of any rank who serve or have served in the Volunteer Reserve Forces, those serving in University Military Units, and those who have served in the Regular UK Armed Forces. 
 
UKRFA is recognised by the Ministry of Defence and its events have the strong support of senior commanders. UKRFA is an association run by Reservists for Reservists. It is for all ranks and for the benefit of all three Services. Being a member of the UKRFA opens the door to a wealth of opportunities. 
 
UKRFA is a major presence in the International Reserves Community through their membership of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers’ (CIOR) and Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers’ (CIOMR), through the two UK International Military competitions run at Altcar and Edinburgh in the Spring, and many smaller events where UK Reservists are able to train and compete alongside fellow Reservists from other countries in consequence of the financial support provided by UKRFA.
 


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