July 16, 2024

Junior Medical Reserve Officer Committee

Madelaine Gimzewska 
Rank: MAJ / OF3
Country: UK
Tapio Kalema
Rank: LT / OF1
Country: Finland

JMROC is responsible for leading on all activities, events and opportunities that will engage with the Junior[1] (healthcare professionals) Medical Officers of the International Reserves, particularly those of the CIOMR Delegations and Memberships. 

[1] ‘Junior’ is defined at OF1 to OF3.


  1. To educate and inform the next generation of medical reserve officers in NATO.
  2. To plan, organize and deliver the Junior Medical Reserve Officer Workshop (JMROW) and Junior Medical Reserve Officer Seminar (JMROS).
  3. To identify, facilitate and coordinate military education and training opportunities in CIOMR Member States for Junior Medical Reserve Officers.
  4. To provide advice and support to the Executive Board about matters pertaining to the interests of Junior Medical Reserve Officers.
  5. To conduct any other JMROC-related work or as directed by the (International) President.
  6. To develop and maintain a Junior Medical Reserve Officer network within CIOMR member nations.



JMROC hosts two programs annually. The Junior Medical Reserve Officer Workshop (JMROW) and Junior Medical Reserve Officer Seminar (JMROS). JMROW is held concurrent with the CIOMR Summer Congress at rotating locations among NATO member nations. JMROS is held concurrent with CIOMR Mid-Winter Meeting which is typically held in Brussels, Belgium at NATO HQ. These programs aim to provide JMROs with exposure to a multi-national environment and to colleagues from across NATO and partner nations. It is a unique professional development opportunity that will augment their development into future medical commanders.

Some principal benefits from participation in JMROC programs include:

a.    An introduction to NATO, CIOR and CIOMR and future opportunities therein.

b.    Enhancing joint and combined medical interoperability and professional development, strengthening ties among Alliance countries through personal exchanges between junior Reserve Officers.

c.    Preparing junior Medical Reserve Officers for positions of higher responsibility within their national reserve forces.

d.    Contributing to the shaping of the future Medical Reserve Officer cohort.

e.    Exploring the issues underpinning reserve employment, terms of service and employment in operations, as well as the various roles, missions and doctrines of reserve forces throughout the Alliance.

f.     Participation and delivering a presentation at an international military conference, which will be recognized with certificates following completion of the Program.

g.    Potential for future participation in CIOMR activities.

h.    Exposure and mentorship from key senior leaders across NATO

i.      Skill development through interactive, dynamic learning programs

JMROC programs will be enriching experiences for Junior Medical Reserve Officers who represent the future of NATO. They are designed to provide an opportunity to establish professional relationships that often last throughout their careers and to offer a strong foundation upon which to build their NATO experiences. Programming varies between events but includes a focus on skill development alongside knowledge-based learning. JMROW tends to be a more robust program given the length of Summer Congress while JMROS is abbreviated but offers unique exposure and opportunities within NATO HQ and surrounding areas.