An important event during the CIOR Summer Congress is the military skills competition. All participating nations take MILCOMP very seriously, and train for months to be the best they can be for their team in this friendly annual contest.
By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt. Col (R), Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs.
From the US we have picked up this report, on their team’s preparations:
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Senior Airman Trevor Thompson, 67th Aerial Port Squadron, is one of 10 reservists selected to represent the United States in the 2021 Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Skills Competition held in Finland beginning July 30.
Senior Airman Trevor Thompson, a reservist in the 67th Aerial Port Squadron, navigates under an obstacle on the land obstacle course at Camp Johnson, Vermont as part of the team selection and training event for the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers military competition July 20. Ten service members from the U.S. Army and Air Force reserve components trained in Vermont to prepare for the CIOR MILCOMP, an annual competition among NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. (U.S. Army photo/Calvin Reimold)
The three-day competition consists of pistol and rifle shooting, various obstacle courses, and land navigation that includes range estimation, map reading, and hand grenade throwing.
The event tests and trains reservists in various branches of the military from across the world, and participants are chosen based on physical fitness test scores, marksmanship abilities, and overall fitness standards.
The competition is designed to foster camaraderie between allied nations and encourage participants to take their knowledge back to their home units.