Young Reserve Officers Programme

YRO Workshop

5-day professional development programme aiming to provide junior officers an international/multi-national forum both to inform and to debate military and reserve issues along with leadership skills/perspective development.

YRO Seminar

3-day professional development seminar that provides integration to multinational environment and contributes to the development of knowledge of NATO and CIOR structures and missions.

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Young Reserve officer

YROW has been prioritised as the most important deliverable of CIOR and developing this course has been a focus to ensure a succession of reservists who would be able to cooperate and participate in NATO operations. For this purpose, CIOR has established a working co-operation with NATO military training establishments - Baltic Defence College in Estonia that is supporting the execution of YROW.


YRO Workshop

YROW is a professional development program conducted concurrently with the annual CIOR Summer Congress. 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.
Junior reserve officers up to the rank of OF-2: Captain (Army/Air Force) or Lieutenant (Navy) work together for a week in an intense international setting. It constitutes a unique professional development opportunity for approximately 60 junior reserve officers annually.
YRO Workshop will offer:
  • introduction to NATO, CIOR; CIOMR;
  • presentations by guest speakers from NATO and related international organizations;
  • collaborative work and/or role play on a proposed YROW theme;
  • participation in Symposium group panels;
  • Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) training and exam;
  • local visits and cultural activities;
  • award of YRO Workshop certificates.


YROS was initially designed as an outreach program to assist in integration of junior reserve officers of emerging NATO member states and PfP into a coalition environment and to contribute to the development of knowledge of NATO and CIOR structures and missions.
It has evolved and is now a more intimate version of the YRO Workshop and a professional development activity conducted annually each spring, designed to provide an initial exposure to YRO activities in a joint and combined environment. The YRO Seminar provides initial international/coalition experience for young junior officers and increases awareness of alliance security issues.


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Conditions for applying for the scholarship

The participant who has met the individual nations criteria and picked by their reserve assosiation, will have priority for scholarship award, unless the student is the beneficiary of a specifically designated Individual scholarship in which case it will normally be awarded.
Scholarships will not be awarded to participants in active duty.

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Enhance the collective security and pass down your knowledge to the next generation.

CIOR is always looking for qualified and experienced speakers, instructors, and teachers for our events.

Apply if you:

  • Have experience in a security environment.
  • Have a working knowledge in English or French.
  • Technical knowledge about Military Competition.



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CIOR is encouraging capable donors to provide for scholarships to the participants of our activities.

CIOR is supporting the training of reserve leaders, and collecting and sharing best practices, especially developing skillsets.
CIOR has 8 activities with partisipants from 34 different countries.

Funds may be donated to:

  • Support participants from a particular Nation
  • Support a particular individual
  • Support a particular activity 
  • Support CIOR in general
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