|Updated: 22-Jan-2008||IMS News Release|
13-15 Jan. 2008
German-Dutch Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Performance of Reserve Duty Service by Reserve Force Members in the Respective Other Forces
The National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) met in Lisbon from 13-15 January 2008 for their annual mid-winter meeting. Representatives from 22 NATO countries, with Australia participating as an observer, come together regularly to exchange information on reservist matters. The NRFC is accredited to NATO’s Military Committee since 1996.
The meeting concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the German and the Netherlands Reserve Forces, represented by Major General Klaus-Peter Treche, head of the German delegation and Brigadier General H.G. Oude Lohuis, head of the Dutch delegation. This agreement will allow German and Dutch reserve force members who are temporarily resident in each other’s country to continue their reserve duty training on an exchange basis.
Reserve forces are often required to live away from their nation for an extended period of time, either for study or work reasons. Long distances back to their home unit, frequently makes it difficult for them to sustain national training commitments. This agreement is intended to create opportunities for reserve force members to complete their national reserve duty training with a comparable unit in either nation’s forces. It will also serve to regulate all basic aspects of the service performed by assigned reserve force members in the armed forces of the respective host country. These aspects include, among other things, the criteria to be met for serving in the respective host country as well as regulations relating to the chain of command, medical care, liability, messing, accommodation and military security.
The MoU will provide an added motivation to German and Dutch reservists to complete their training, and as Major General Klaus-Peter Treche pointed out, it is also a good example of the close cooperation between the various NRFC members, notably between the German and Dutch armed forces. He went on to say that, in a similar vein to the Anglo-Canadian MoU signed in the summer of 2005, the Lisbon MOU will contribute to increasing reservists' operational readiness.
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