Inter-Allied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR)

U.S. military pentathlon team competes at international competition, strengthens relationships

Three medals, a few bumps and bruises, and plenty of stories are leaving NATO’s newest member state, Finland, and headed back to the United States.U.S. Army and Air Force Reserve service members competed in the Interallied Confederation of Reserve...
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Ten nations with over 100 competitors competed at the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) Military Competition, an annual reserve military competition, held this year in Helsinki, Finland. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
U.S. Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve service members train to compete at the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers annual military competition, held this year in Helsinki, Finland. The team trained at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey and throughout Sweden in preparation for the competition.
Twenty-one service members from the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves were put into seven teams of three to compete against eleven other nations during the 2022 CIOR MILCOMP in Athens, Greece. The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP) is a three-day team competition consisting of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations in Europe. It has been around since 1957. The competition is open to all reserve components for both NCO and officer. It is now run on a volunteer basis and funded by former competitors through an alumni association.
1st Lt. Jessica Romero, 416th Theater Engineer Command, reflects on her experience during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP). This competition is an annual reserve military competition with NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
Staff Sgt. Devin Crawford, 108th Training Command, reflects on his experience during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP). This competition is an annual reserve military competition with NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
Capt. Joy Petway, 88th Readiness Division, reflects on her experience during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP). This competition is an annual reserve military competition with NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
Cpl. Thomas Doles, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), reflects on his experience during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP). This competition is an annual reserve military competition with NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
Cpl. Ethan Allen, U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command, reflects on his experience during the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP). This competition is an annual reserve military competition with NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. The MILCOMP, which has been held since 1957, is a military pentathlon testing service members in pistol and rifle marksmanship, land and water obstacles and orienteering.
Twenty-one service members from the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves were put into seven teams of three and trained with the German MILCOMP team in Hammelburg, Germany. The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP) is a three-day team competition consisting of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations in Europe. It has been around since 1957. The competition is open to all reserve components for both NCO and officer. It is now run on a volunteer basis and funded by former competitors through an alumni association.
Nineteen service members from the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves gathered for a one week long team selection camp in Vermont for the CIOR Military Competition. The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition (CIOR MILCOMP) is a three-day team competition consisting of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations in Europe. It has been around since 1957. The competition is open to all reserve components for both NCO and officer. It is now run on a volunteer basis and funded by former competitors through an alumni association.
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Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition
Army Reserve 1st Lt. Brianna Mirmina, Military Intelligence Readiness Command, crosses the finish line of a simulated cross country ski event during the military orienteering march of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers Military Competition near Helsinki, Finland, June 29, 2023. Reserve service members, representing Team USA, compete as teams of three during the CIOR MILCOMP. The competition is a three-day team competition consisting of 10 nations and 100 service members from NATO and Partnership for Peace, held this year in Finland and is open to all reserve components for both NCO and officer.

Photo by: Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jackson |  VIRIN: 230629-A-UM828-1129.JPG
MILITARY COMPETITION

Per CIOR.net

Over 250 athletes participate in CIOR’s military pentathlon each year. Established in 1957, it is an internationally recognized competition focused on military skills that truly challenge the leadership and physical robustness of reserve Soldiers from across the Alliance and its Partners.

The event is organized as part of the annual Summer Congress. The host nation and the Milcomp Committee stages a Military Competition (Milcomp). Milcomp is designed to test all of the key infantry skills.

Milcomp has developed over recent years to include novice and female categories. Recently NCO’s were allowed to compete and from 2010 all ranks will be eligible for the competition. These changes were introduced to better reflect an operational environment, the Permanent Regulations may be found at this link.

CIOR Military Competition is a team competition in which each member of the team must complete the competition events together. The three-day competition consists of pistol and rifle shooting on the first day, obstacle course and utility swimming on the second day, and orienteering with additional tasks like range estimation, map reading and hand grenade throwing on the third day. Some of the highlights of the competition are detailed below.
 

Pistol and Rifle Shooting

The competitors fire the standard infantry weapon of the host nation at targets located 25 respectively 200 meters from the firing line. The course of fire consists of a precision fire phase at a sport-rings-target and a rapid-fire phase at 3 silhouettes. For the pistol, the rapid fire includes a change of magazines within the time.

Obstacle Course

The standardized 500 meter CISM land obstacle course consists of 20 demanding obstacles. The course requires strength, stamina, coordination and flexibility. It is run in military uniform with a free choice of shoes. The teams are allowed to assist each other at the obstacles, since only the last one makes the run time. 
 

Utility Swimming

A 50 meter CISM water obstacle course with five demanding obstacles requires good swimming skills, strength, coordination and flexibility. Competitors wear the host nations military uniform without boots. The teams may assist each other at the obstacles.
 

Military Orienteering

The teams must complete a 12 to 14 km cross-country course on unknown terrain, using only a magnetic compass and various maps. The dress is combat uniform with hand weapons. This requires both, teamwork and leadership under physical stress. In addition, the teams have to perform range estimation, map reading, hand grenade throwing and additional tasks.

  • Past Competitors

    2022 Competitors
    Female Team 1
    Army Reserve Capt. Joy Petway, 88th Readiness Division
    Air Force Reserve Maj. Mandy Kannapel, 919th Special Operations Wing
    Air Force Reserve Capt. Andrea Uchiyama, 419th Security Forces Squadron

    Female Team 2
    Air Force Reserve Col. Elizabeth Blanchford, 953rd Reserve Support Squadron
    Army Reserve 1st Lt. Jessica Romero, 416th Theater Engineer Command
    Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Katy Voss, U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command

    Female Team 3
    Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Uvalde Mendez, 953rd Reserve Support Squadron
    Army Reserve Capt. Danielle Rant, U.S. Army Reserve Command
    Army Reserve Sgt. Christine Won, 99th Readiness Division

    Novice Team 1
    Air Force Reserve Maj. James Fink, 94th Aerial Port Squadron
    Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Devin Crawford, 108th Training Command
    Army Reserve Cpl. Thomas Doles, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)

    Novice Team 2
    Army Reserve Capt. Justin Weeks, 75th Innovation Command;
    Army Reserve Capt. Thomas Wheeler, 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support);
    Army Reserve Cpl. Ethan Allen, Army Reserve Medical Command

    Experienced Team
    Army Reserve 1st Lt. Joshua Moeller, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne); Army Reserve 1st Lt. Roman Tirado, Army Reserve Medical Command;
    Army Reserve Cpl. Anton Shekhalevich, 412th Theater Engineer Command

    Veteran Team
    Air Force Reserve Col. Brent Dishman, US Air Force Warfare Center;
    Air Force Reserve Maj. Sterling Broadhead, 82nd Aerial Support Squadron
    Army Reserve Sgt.1st Class Charles Blackwell, 108th Training Command

    2021 Competitors
    Novice Team 1
    Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Shane Price, 108th Training Command;
    Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Trevor Thompson, 67th Aerial Port Squadron on the 419th Fighter Wing;
    Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Devin Crawford, 108th Training Command

    Novice Team 2
    Air Force Reserve Maj. James Fink, 94th Aerial Port Squadron;
    Army Reserve Sgt. Michael Yarrington, 108th Training Command
    Army Reserve Sgt. Stanley Thompson, 108th Training Command

    Experienced Team
    Air Force Reserve Col. Ryan Montanez, 7th Air Force
    Army Reserve 1st Lt. Joshua Moeller, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
    Army Reserve Sgt. Morgan Figgs, 377th Theater Sustainment Command International Team
    Army Reserve Maj. Nicole Dallocchio, U.S. Army Reserve Command