Are you ready to test your grain? Challenge your philosophy as a warrior? Engage your mastery in critical thinking? Leading the charge? If so, the Military Competition of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) is for you!
CIOR will send out invitations to apply for this growth and leadership opportunity through the Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center. The goal is to recruit and identify the most qualified officers to consider for the Air Force Reserve Schools Selection Committee in the spring of 2022.
The RSSB assesses all applicants for military competition, based on the concept of the whole person, military service experience, qualities, attributes of leadership, academics, and development education.
Established in 1957, the CIOR MilComp is an internationally recognized competition that focuses on military skills that challenge the leadership and physical robustness of NATO reservists and its partners. It is highly relevant to deployed operations and the development of resilient leaders as it trains and tests the true warrior skills officers must master to be successful and ready in today’s battlefield.
According to Major James M. Fink, commander of 94th Aerial Port Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., And primary contact for the competition, “CIOR is a cooperative security and strategic partnership effort that builds relationships with our allies. Additionally, MilComp is a friendly competition between nations and it showcases our abilities and strengths as we learn from each other.
Physical fitness, teamwork, land navigation, marksmanship, combat first aid and armed conflict are important elements of the three-day team competition, which requires every member of the team completes events together, no exceptions.
CIOR officers represent the interests of 1.3 million reservists in 36 participating countries within and beyond NATO, making CIOR the largest organization of military reserve officers in the world. CIOR meets twice a year, in the summer and in the winter, focusing on work in special committees that examine issues and provide analysis relating to the reserve forces.
“Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) centrally funds three officers for MilComp through the RSSB. The reserve school selection committee, however, may send enlisted members if they have unit funding to the selection camp, and additional officers may also be selected and sent if they have unit funding. ” , explained Captain Sterling Broadhead, 82nd Aerial Port Squadron operations officer to Travis.
Committee members serve three-year terms after their selection. In addition, there are annual opportunities to participate in workshops, languages, a learning academy as well as a military competition to bring together reserve officers from around the world.
Broadhead’s goal is to build competitive men’s and women’s teams. The teams are made up of three members; usually a team of three men and a team of three women. Because last year’s squad consisted of only one woman, Broadhead said he hopes to send a viable team of three women from the 349th Air Mobility Wing to compete in 2022.
“Candidates don’t have to be officers, but they have to meet all the criteria for running, swimming and shooting. These are the same criteria used to select women to go to selection camp, ”said Broadhead.
Countries participating in CIOR MilComp 2021 included Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Romania. Team USA sent 11 members, including four Air Force Reserve officers. Half of the team consisted of enlisted army soldiers and an Air Force reservist.
“The military is pushing to send 15 participants to selection camp,” Broadhead said. “I hope we can send five reservists. The AFRC will centrally fund those it selects.
During the first week, the RSSB selections arrived at training camp in Burlington, Vermont, where competitors competed in running and swimming events.
Lahti, Finland, was the next location for international training and multilateral competition. The camp provided gun and obstacle course facilities. Orienteering training was also carried out to practice team dynamics.
In the final days of training in Lahti, three US men’s teams faced off against a Finnish men’s team and an international men’s team. In addition, an international women’s team that included a US Army reservist competed against a Danish women’s team.
The third and final week of CIOR MilComp took place in Sibiu, Romania. Team USA has gone from competitor mode to collaborator mode. Their mission was to train 45 Romanian reservists through the bases of the training itself. Each day was devoted to a different skill. Land and water obstacles, rifle and pistol shooting, orienteering and military skills trekking filled the agenda.
For matters relating to the CIOR MilComp, the contacts for the AFRC are Major James M. Fink, 478-235-6088 and Captain Sterling Broadhead, 208-251-0189. Members can apply through the website: https://us-cior-milcomp.com/application/