The CIMIC Committee hosts an annual table-top Civil-Military Exercise (CIMEX) prior to the CIOR Summer Congress every year and in 2018 the CIMEX was added into the NATO Military Training and Exercise Programme (MTEP).
CIOR has run CIMIC desktop exercises and developed CIMIC officers across CIOR and CIOMR membership. Scenarios such as severe flooding, mass migration and cyber-attacks have all been run with increasing sophistication and specialist input to both train and develop CIMIC expertise within member nations.
Run over 3-4 days the scenarios are detailed and provide for multinational input whilst being umpired and taught by recognised CIMIC experts. Former Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries in particular have benefitted from the opportunities and recognise the value of these CIOR organised events.
CIMEX enables Reserve Officers to share experiences and best practices in Civil-Military Cooperation including in: Humanitarian Aid Missions; Aid to Civil Authorities; Aid to Civil Communities; Civil Affairs and Civil Emergency Planning.
The overriding principles of CIMEX are
Demonstrating civil-military liaison skills
Collaboration and Information-sharing on emerging NATO challenges
Promoting best practices and professional development within in the CIMIC community
The exercise is tailored for approximately 50 participants each year.
CIMIC is a Reservist’s Job
Reservists value as a CIMIC officer is knowing how to work with people in the civil environment. Reservists have extensive civil life conections and a large database with valuable contacts in adition to the military know how and the battlefield expiriance. CIMEX helps to widen that the network even further and form international relationships between CIMIC officers. Practises and approaches are different country by country and for mission or defence oriented CIMIC.
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It is very helpful to network with other CIOR CIMIC officers and attend the annual tabletop exercise CIMEX. Even though (or perhaps because) the practises and approaches are different country by country and for mission or defence oriented CIMIC, there is always room to learn from one another either formally or informally where our emblem is the “Mustachio” (It’s a long story!).
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CIOR has 8 activities with partisipants from 34 different countries.