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Winter survival training: First night in the field

Winter survival training: First night in the field

First night in the field during last week’s winter warfare course in Sweden. The temparature was minus ten degrees Celsius and it was snowing,  but all students managed to build good shelters and get a good night’s sleep. Behind the seven-day course is the...

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Reservist Winter Warfare Course in Sweden

Reservist Winter Warfare Course in Sweden

Camp Ann, Sweden: Reservists from Sweden, Estonia, Norway and the UK have for several days been training on surviving in the field. Among much else they have learned emergency fire lighting drills. The seven-day introductory course, organised by the Swedish Reserve...

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Day Three: CIOR Seminar Dives Deep

Day Three: CIOR Seminar Dives Deep

Day three of the CIOR Seminar continued the trend of taking a deeper dive into specific areas of interest in China, with Cyber Strategy, Taiwan and the South China Sea studied further by John Lee, Dr Sarah Kirchberger and Dr Bill Hayton. By: Lt Sarah George, UK Army...

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“Seminar 2020” launched  in Bonn

“Seminar 2020” launched in Bonn

The CIOR Seminar 2020 opened in Bonn Saturday morning, with over 50 participants from 13 nations. Among many European countries represented were also Australia, South Africa and the USA. The theme for this year’s Seminar is “China – Threat or...

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Strong Outputs at Mid-Winter Meeting

Strong Outputs at Mid-Winter Meeting

The CIOR Mid-Winter Meeting was succesfully completed Friday. As tradition dictates, the two and a half days of intense and very fruitful working sessions were wrapped up with a closing session in the auditorium of the NATO Headquarters. By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col...

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CIOR Mid-Winter Meeting opened at NATO HQ

CIOR Mid-Winter Meeting opened at NATO HQ

The Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM) of CIOR opened this morning at NATO headquarters in Brussels. By Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs and Major Jean-Francois Lambert, Canadian Armed Forces/ CIOR Public Affairs (Photo). The two and a half day...

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CIOR President meets with ACT Chief of Staff

CIOR President meets with ACT Chief of Staff

CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent paid an office call on Chief of Staff Allied Command Transformation, Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE, during the CIOR Presidency’s visit to the NRFC Winter Plenary Meeting in Norfolk Virginia. Colonel Argent briefed...

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CIOR Delegation meets with Canadian Reserve Leaders

CIOR Delegation meets with Canadian Reserve Leaders

The CIOR delegation participating in the NRFC winter meeting in Norfolk, Virginia last week, Saturday met with Canadian two- and one star Reservist leaders in Ottawa. The CIOR delegation met with Major General Mackenzie OMM CD, Chief of Reserves and Employer Support;...

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CIOR President visits Nordic Presidium in Oslo

CIOR President visits Nordic Presidium in Oslo

The President of CIOR, Colonel (R) Chris Argent, visited Oslo on 17 and 18 January to meet with both the Council of the Norwegian Reserve Officers Federation (NROF) and the Council of the Nordic Presidium. By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col (R) Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public...

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IBM3 wraps up in Edinburgh

IBM3 wraps up in Edinburgh

The CIOR autumn meeting (In-Between-Meeting/IBM) wrapped up Wednesday 27 November, after two and a half days of discussing on-going business. The final day of the meeting consisted mainly of progress reports from various CIOR committees. By: Lt Col Roy Thorvaldsen,...

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Autumn CIOR meeting opens in Edinburgh

Autumn CIOR meeting opens in Edinburgh

The autumn meeting of CIOR – also called the “in-between-meeting” opened in Edinburgh 25 November. For two days the CIOR national associations’ delegations were set to discuss their on-going business. By: Lt Col Roy Thorvaldsen, Norwegian Army,...

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CIOR leadership visits South Africa

CIOR leadership visits South Africa

Youth, sportsmanship and friendship were central elements to the recent visit by the president of CIOR, Colonel (R) Chris Argent and the secretary general, Colonel (R) Adrian Walton to the Republic of South Africa. In meetings with senior leaders of both the regular...

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Estonian ‘snap exercise’ for over 800 Reservists

Estonian ‘snap exercise’ for over 800 Reservists

The Estonian government last week decided to invite on short notice 823 armed forces Reservists to an additional training exercise, ‘Okas 2019’. Members of the 61st Combat Service Support Battalion were required to rush to rally points specified in their invites....

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CIOR President briefed Military Committee

CIOR President briefed Military Committee

Brussels, 10 October 2019: The CIOR President, UK Colonel Chris Argent (Retd.) last Monday presented the CIOR Annual Report 2018- 19 to the NATO Military Committee (MC). The report – the first in four years – highlighted the breadth of work being undertaken by CIOR on...

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– The Millennial is the Reservist of tomorrow

– The Millennial is the Reservist of tomorrow

– In character, Russia and terrorist groups are different, but both want the same thing – from order, through disorder to new order that is more to their advantage. So, who is going to compete on our behalf? Our Reservists. The Millennials. By: Roy Thorvaldsen,...

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DSACEUR speaks warmly about Reserves, CIOR

DSACEUR speaks warmly about Reserves, CIOR

– I like the Reserves. My Father was a Reservist in the UK Territorial Army for 21 years. I also like Reservists because Reservists win wars. Small Regular Armies need reinforcements and regeneration. With these words, NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander...

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Germany best nation in military competition

Germany best nation in military competition

The military skills competition that took place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, was yet another success for one of the most tangible outputs of the interallied confederation of reserve officers (CIOR), namely MILCOMP. Athletes from the CIOR member and...

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YROW brings young reserve officers together

YROW brings young reserve officers together

The Young Reserve Officer Workshop (YROW) is a platform for younger officers to gain knowledge and to build mutual understanding between reserve officers from different NATO and partner nations. Reserve officers usually the age 30 or younger come together every CIOR...

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CIOR and CISOR sign Memorandum of Understanding

CIOR and CISOR sign Memorandum of Understanding

*LE FRANÇAIS SUIT* The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) president Colonel Chris Argent, and the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Non-Commissioned Officers (CISOR) president Master Sergeant Michel d’Alessandro formalize the cooperation between...

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CIOR Medal of Merit to Rear Admiral Berggrav

CIOR Medal of Merit to Rear Admiral Berggrav

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Jørgen Berggrav, Secretary General of the Norwegian Reserve Officer Association and Assistant Secretary General to CIOR, was today awarded the CIOR Medal of Merit. The presentation was made by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir...

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Brand new obstacle course for MILCOMP 2019

Brand new obstacle course for MILCOMP 2019

When Estonia stepped up to the challenge of hosting a CIOR summer congress, there were no NATO compatible obstacle courses in Estonia. Through massive co-operation from the Estonian Defence League Kaitseliit, the Ministry of Defence and a great number of volunteers, a...

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CIOR Language Academy precursor to Summer Congress

CIOR Language Academy precursor to Summer Congress

The CIOR Summer Congress takes place 4-10 August in Tallinn, Estonia. The forerunner has been the CIOR Language Academy (CLA). The CLA held classes in French and English from July 20 to August 4, at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn. The CIOR...

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Head US delegate attending retirement of SACEUR

Head US delegate attending retirement of SACEUR

Valuable CIOR networks: The US Vice President of CIOR, Brigadier General Michael J. Silva (R) recently attended the retirement ceremony for immediate past Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Friday 31 May 2019: – General Curtis M. Scaparrotti was my last...

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Senior UK Army Reservist visits Estonian Exercise

Senior UK Army Reservist visits Estonian Exercise

Tallinn 9 May 2019: Major General Bill O’Leary from the UK (UK Deputy Commander Field Army and senior UK Army Reservist) yesterday visited Estonian Defence League (EDL) troops taking part in the  annual live exercise “Spring Storm”. EDL is a voluntary...

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CIOR and CIOMR aiming at more cooperation

CIOR and CIOMR aiming at more cooperation

The presidencies of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and it’s sister organization for medics (CIOMR) met in Florence, Italy 25-28 April. The meeting took place in connection with CIOMR’s spring meeting – known internally in the...

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Young Reserve Officer Seminar in Finland

Young Reserve Officer Seminar in Finland

The Young Reserve Officer Seminar this year took place in Finland, near Helsinki. Some 40 young reserve officers from eleven countries attended the three day event and took part in practical and theory on cross-cultural leadership and related topics. Led by the YROW...

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CIOR President Speaks at Diversity Conference

CIOR President Speaks at Diversity Conference

The President of CIOR Colonel Chris Argent (Retd.) recently spoke at a conference on diversity in the armed forces, in Quebec, Canada. The conference, organized by UNIDEF (project management company in defense industry dealing with technology and know-how transfer of...

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Reserve organizations discuss cooperation

Reserve organizations discuss cooperation

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and the Interallied Confederation of Non-Commissioned Officers (CISOR) presidents, Colonel (R) Chris Argent and Master Sergeant (R) Michel d’Alessandro, agree to look at what activities they might be able to...

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CIOR-CIOMR Summer Congress 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia

CIOR-CIOMR Summer Congress 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia, host city for the 2019 CIOR and CIOMR Summer Congresses. The largest annual meeting of these two organizations is jointly held each summer in a different country and is organized by a separate member of CIOR/CIOMR each year; in 2017, the Congress was...

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CIOR and NRFC renew Memorandum of Understanding

CIOR and NRFC renew Memorandum of Understanding

The National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) and the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR) come together once more to enhance their partnership during the CIOR Mid Winter Meeting at the NATO HQ in Brussels. Story by: NATO HQ From 29 to 31 January,...

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Understanding Tomorrow’s Warfare Begins Today

Understanding Tomorrow’s Warfare Begins Today

The 2019 CIOR Seminar on “Warfare 2030 – Technology, Policy, Ethics” was held in Bonn (Germany) from January 26 to 29, 2019, with young CIOR reserve officers as well as seasoned members from many NATO participating countries.   By Major Jean-François Lambert,...

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A good start

A good start

CIOR held the first In-Between-Meeting (IBM) of the UK / Estonian Presidency in Tallinn from 15 to 17 November. -I was very pleased to welcome over 60 delegates from our member Reserve Associations, and especially the President of CIOMR and the President of CISOR,...

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CIOR “In-Between-Meeting” kicks off in Tallinn

CIOR “In-Between-Meeting” kicks off in Tallinn

The CIOR In-Between-Meeting (IBM) 1 in Tallinn, Estionia, kicked off this morning. The Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces designate, Major General Herem, opened the morning session, and received the CIOR Plaque by CIOR President, UK Colonel Chris Argent (R). The...

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British CIOR Presidency visiting Estonia

British CIOR Presidency visiting Estonia

The new British CIOR Presidency led by Colonel (R) Chris Argent visited Estonia in september. This was in light of the 2019 CIOR Summer Congress in Tallinn, Estonia. The British Presidency is working closely with the Estonians, who are scheduled to take over the...

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MILCOMP 2017 was a success

MILCOMP 2017 was a success

MILCOMP 2017 Many challenges awaited this year’s competitors in Prague, but have been mastered very successfully CIOR Military Competition Concurrent with the CIOR Summer Congress 2017 in Prague, more than 200 athletes were scheduled to participate in CIOR’s military...

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Australia invited into CIOR

Australia invited into CIOR

Australia invited into CIOR Australia invited into CIOR 2017 Summer Congress in Prague produced a landmark invitation for CIOR in its Partnership for Peace and Outreach dimension. The PfP&O Committee presented the official invitation to the CIOR President for...

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7th annual CIMEX – The Migration Crisis

7th annual CIMEX – The Migration Crisis

7th annual CIMEX - The Migration Crisis Reservists, being twice the citizen, with one foot in the civilian world and the other in the military, are ideally suited to carry out the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) role for NATO. The upcoming CIMIC Exercise (CIMEX)...

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STRATEGY CIOR 3.0 – 2020 AND BEYOND

STRATEGY CIOR 3.0 – 2020 AND BEYOND

STRATEGY CIOR 3.0 - 2020 AND BEYOND Internationally, the value of the role of reservists is becoming more recognised and the reliance on the use of reservists is increasing. With increasing and rapid technological and social developments it is important that CIOR...

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CIOR In-Between Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

CIOR In-Between Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

CIOR In-Between Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic After welcoming the delegates from national reserve (officer) associations as well as committee representatives, CIOR President LtCOL. Libezny pointed out that this IBM will serve as a starting point for planning...

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CIOR CIMEX 2016 – A Success in Madrid

CIOR CIMEX 2016 – A Success in Madrid

CIOR CIMEX 2016 - A Success in Madri For the fifth year, the CIOR Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Committee has organised a CIMEX (CIMIC exercise) prior to the CIOR Summer Congress. This year it was held at the Military Engineering Academy in Hoyo near Madrid. The...

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CIOR Annual Report 2015-16

CIOR Annual Report 2015-16

INTERALLIED CONFEDERATION OF RESERVE OFFICERS (CIOR) ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2015-JULY 2016 INTERALLIED CONFEDERATION OF RESERVE OFFICERS (CIOR) ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2015-JULY 2016 CIOR Annual Report 2015-16 is attached here below....

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2016 Winter Seminar on IS

2016 Winter Seminar on IS

2016 Winter Seminar on IS To read more you can visit the Seminar Committees new website. Sunday afternoon: The CIOR 2016 Winter Seminar commenced today. LtCol Hans Garrels, Chairman of the CIOR Seminar Committee, welcomed the speakers, panel members and other...

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Secretary General’s Annual Report – 2015

Secretary General’s Annual Report – 2015

Secretary General’s Annual Report - 2015 Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed Allies’ progress on defence spending, noting that “after many years of substantial reductions in defence spending, the cuts have now practically stopped among European Allies and Canada. And in 2015,...

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