CIOR was founded in 1948CIOR, an organization that emerged from the determination of Reserve Officers who had fought in the Armed Forces and Resistance, aimed to use their experience to enhance collective security and pass down their values to future generations. This initiative was prompted by the alarming reduction of American, Canadian, and British military presence in Western Europe, which left France, Belgium, and the Netherlands vulnerable due to their insufficient armed forces.
In this uncertainty about the future and with a deep appreciation for the relationships forged between 1935 and 1937, as well as during the war, the leaders of the Reserve Officer Associations from Belgium, France, and the Netherlands convened in Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam in the course of 1947, founded the Interallied Committee of Reserve Officers and laid the groundwork for a congress and a program of activities.
CIOR's purposeCIOR has a major role to play, especially in introducing the reserve service in NATO countries, supporting the training of reserve leaders, and collecting and sharing best practices, especially developing skillsets. CIOR is recognised as the spokesman for the reserve service in NATO with the aim to support the policies of NATO to assist in the achievement of the Alliance’s objectives.
CIOR provides advice on Reserve matters and CIOR has the ability to co-ordinate quick responses on reservist matters to member nations and more widely to partners.
Reservists - Linking civilian expertise with military capabilitiesA growing number of nations use the niche capabilities of reserves, often building on the individual or even collective experience of the individual.
These individuals are active civilians and professionals, in addition to their role as reserve officers. This dual role allows them to contribute to a better understanding of security and defence issues within their national populations, as well as bringing civilian expertise and experiences to the challenges facing reserve forces at NATO.
By raising awareness of contemporary reserve issues and promoting interoperability and cooperation while respecting national traditions, CIOR develops individual reservists to serve national and international interests.