For the first time, Romanian volunteer Reservists train with US Reserves.

Between 1 and 7 August, joint training of reservists from Romania and the US takes place at the Land Forces Academy “Nicolae Bălcescu” in Sibiu, Romania.

This is the first large scale mission dedicated to Romanian volunteer reservists, and the first time they take part in a military capacity together with a NATO ally.

The training is based on the CIOR Military Competition (MILCOMP) format.

File photo: US competitors on the CISM-standard obstacle course in Tallinn, Estonia, 2019. (Sgt. Apolonia Gaspar.)

– An important selection stage

Due to the pandemic, the competition in its standard form has been suspended in 2020 and 2021, but it is expected to be arranged next year, in Athens. Romania plans to compete in MILCOMP 2022, and the August training is regarded as an important selection stage.

In addition, working with the more experienced American team can provide an important competitive advantage.

“Working with the more experienced American team can provide an important competitive advantage.”

The 53 participants will train on a CISM (International Military Sports Council) obstacle course, in utility swimming, rifle and pistol shooting, handgrenade throwing, marching and orienteering.

The program also includes a series of combat lifesaver courses, teaching elements of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

The event takes place with the support of the Romanian Defence Staff, the Staff of the Land Forces, the Staff of the Air Force, and the Joint Logistics Command – with the approval of the Ministry of Defence.

All regions of Romania

Volunteer reservists from all regions of Romania and various branches of arms and specialties take part, together with representatives of the Romanian Reserve Officers Association (AORR) and staff from the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy, the Training Center for Land and Anti-Aircraft Artilery “Ioan Vodă” Sibiu, and the Training Center for Moutain Light Infantry ,,Bucegi” in Predeal.

Reserve Officer Association Essential for Coordination

The involvement of AORR has been essential for adopting the competition format and coordinating with decision makers.