Yawn. It's that time again when the recently re-vitialised UKRFA (that's UK Reserve Forces Association) announces the call for candidates for the Young Reserve Officer's Workshop (YROW). Definitions: YROW is an annual week-long programme run by the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and is designed to be a young officer's first international exposure (in a good way) to colleagues from NATO and its Partners. Once again the standard instruction has apparently been cascaded from LAND to all units (the RNR are doing their own thing, and the RAuxAF aren't playing), but I haven't seen anything yet... So this post... YROW is open to any junior officer (2Lt to Capt), we used to say young as in under 30, but we'd probably not have any candidates if we said that now. Dates: 29 Jul to 3 Aug 2013. Location: Brno, Czech Republic Open to: TA / RMR YROW is sponsored by LAND, eligible for MTDs and all travel costs are covered including flights etc. It consists of a week of seminars, practical exercises, command tasks and a lot of social interaction with about 18 other NATO member states. The last workshop included, our US friends (from all five arms), Canada, South Africa (Observer nation), Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy and half dozen other nations. A highly social, interesting and useful week of getting to know the countries you probably will be going to war with in the future, at least as allies for now. Good for the YO who wants some international experience prior to mobilising for operations. At this point, this is a call for interest, potential candidates will need a recommendation by their chain of command and to meet various criteria, not least of being able to stay mostly sober for the duration of the workshop - easy? Well having know had to bear the consequences of more than one UK YROW officer decided to spend the week with alcohol making up 90% of their liquid content whilst trying to score with most of the Nordic female officer delegation... Which is not the point of the week. More info here: CIOR | Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers And here: CONGRESS | CIOR 2013 PM me if you are interested, and would like to know more. DCO.