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August 8, 2018 | Local, Land

Reserve officers from around world meet in Quebec


Reserve officers from 23 countries are meeting in Quebec City to discuss training and other issues related to the use of part-time soldiers.

The Summer Congress of Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR) started Aug. 3 and runs until Aug. 10.

“More than 23 nations are participating in discussions on prominent issues related to military reserves including the contribution of reserve forces to international operations, reserve training, education and employer support,” the Canadian military noted.

The Canadian Armed Forces has more than 27,000 reserve soldiers, sailors and air personnel.

The annual Summer Congress provides an opportunity for participating nations to forge links between military reserve officers, share best practices, develop viewpoints on issues in support of the NATO alliance, and foster reserve officer professional development, the Canadian military pointed out.

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