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Young Reserve Officers Committee (YROW)

The YRO Committee is tasked with conducting a variety of professional development activities for junior reserve officers.
 
In accordance with CIOR constitution, YRO Committee’s mission is to deliver three junior reserve officer professional development activities including YRO Outreach Seminar, YRO Workshop, and Experienced Reserve Officer Platform. The implementation of these activities involves the careful planning of, execution, and post-activity assessment. They are designed as unique educational opportunities for junior reserve officers up to the rank of Captain (Army/Air Force) or Lieutenant (Navy) or below.
 

YRO Workshop

This week-long workshop is designed to be a junior reserve officer’s first exposure to a multi-national environment and to colleagues from NATO and PfP nations. It constitutes a unique professional development opportunity for approximately 60 junior reserve officers annually. Junior reserve officers up to the rank of Captain (Army/Air Force) or Lieutenant (Navy) or below work together for a week in an intense international setting. They gain the opportunity to learn about and discuss current defense issues of relevance to NATO and the reserve forces.
 

YRO Outreach Seminar

YRO Outreach Seminar is a professional development activity conducted annually each spring. This program aims to provide an initial exposure to YRO activities within the CIOR context. It assists with the integration of junior reserve officers from emerging NATO/PfP nations into the YRO Workshop and CIOR.
 

Experienced Reserve Officers Platform

EROP is a post YRO Workshop course currently under development. It is designed for the OF-1 and OF-2 rank level with a broad-base knowledge and experience in military activities. EROP is designed to be conducted concurrently with the annual Summer Congress. Central aspect is a training program for joint staff assignments, with sufficient room to incorporate aspects from the annual CIOR Summer Congress Symposium topic.

The EROP participant will gain a better appreciation and understanding in the following areas:
•    interoperability of various military components,
•    the organization, process and challenges of a multinational staff in a coalition setting,
•    national and partnership capabilities of NATO countries,
•    LOAC and its applications in regards to current issues; and,
•    key issues impacting the participants’ individual careers.

The participants will also cultivate relationships and form networks with experienced junior officers from other nations and will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skill sets.
 

YRO Committee members & observers

Position Member  Tasks
Committee Chair LCDR John Rothrock (USA) • Overall responsibility to CIOR Presidency and Council
• Overall responsibility for the development of YRO activities
Committee Secretary 1LT Sebastian Hoffmeister (DEU) • Support and deputy to Committee Chair in all Committee matters
• Responsible for coordination and record of Committee decisions and meetings
• Communications
Delegate LT(N) Zofia Gehl (CAN) • Project officer
• Responsible for recruitment and coordination of YRO Workshop facilitators
• OIC YRO Workshop
Delegate      CPT Christoph Merki (CHE) • Project officer
• Liaison officer responsible for coordinating YRO/NRFC interaction
• OIC YRO Outreach Seminar
• Media/Documentation
Delegate 1LT Simone Flinthøj (DNK) • Project officer
• OIC YRO Workshop
Observer CPT Janis Vicups (LAT) • Project officer
• Liaison officer responsible for coordinating YRO Workshop input and participation in the CIOR Symposium
Observer 1LT Christophe de Villeblanche (FRA) • Project officer
• Liaison officer responsible for coordinating YRO Workshop input and participation in the CIOR Symposium
Observer 2LT Christian Berning Pedersen (NOR) • Project officer
• Liaison officer responsible for coordinating YRO Workshop input and participation in the CIOR Symposium
 
The committee is a Non-Universal Access Committee (NUAC) as defined in the CIOR constitution. It has a permanent membership of 5 individuals, supported by observers. Committee members serve 2 year terms and are approved by CIOR Council. Observers are appointed by their national CIOR delegations.
 

Background

YRO Committee has become firmly established within CIOR as a professional development opportunity for junior reserve officers up to the rank of Captain (Army/Air Force) or Lieutenant (Navy) or below.
 
The first activity that the committee has conducted was the YRO Workshop that today is recognized and well received by NRFC as a product that CIOR excels at delivering.
 
Recognizing the success of YRO Workshops, an initiative was established to provide an outreach program for CIOR, addressing junior reserve officers of emerging NATO member states and PfP nations. This initiative has resulted in the YRO Outreach Seminar, which has been held with success annually starting in the early 2000s. Host nations were Albania, FYROM, Czech Republic and Latvia.
 
The YRO Committee has identified a need to foster and maintain an active professional relationship with junior reserve officers who have passed through the YRO Workshop program and wish to further their professional development through CIOR. As such, a proposal for establishing an Experienced Reserve Officers Program for continued professional development is under development.

How to participate in YRO activities

YRO Committee welcomes both returning and first-time participants to all YRO activities. Participation is facilitated through member nation’s CIOR delegations. Junior reserve officers interested in joining the ranks of CIOR YRO are requested to contact their national Reserve Force Association. If you are unsure whom to contact, please get in touch with YRO Committee.

Contact

E-mail: yrowcommittee@gmail.com 
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