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What is the National Reserve Forces Committee?

"The Reservist is twice the citizen."
Winston Churchill

The National Reserve Forces Committee represent those thousands of women and men who became Reservists and combined their military role with their civilian career or those who might be a part of the Reserve Forces in the future.

Up to the early 1980s, Reserve Forces and related policy matters were considered a national issue only. In 1981 the National Reserve Forces Committee was founded as an interallied and joint committee, which was recognized as a NATO advisory committee in 1996 as stated in the Military Committee documents 441/2 "NATO Framework Policy on Reserves" and 392/1 "Military Committee Directive for the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC)".

Reserve forces comprise over half of the wartime strength of the armies of NATO Member Nations. In fact, the organisation, composition, mission, training levels of Reserve Forces vary widely across the Alliance. But what the Reserve Forces have in common is that they play an important role in the whole spectrum of national and NATO's defence structures and in the event of crisis they would be required to take up positions and carry out tasks alongside Regular Forces. Reserves are no longer considered to be the forces of the last resort; rather, they are now recognized as indispensable.

Indeed, many of our armies would not be effective in wartime without the mobilisation of our reserves. In addition, the reserves’ peacetime support to the Regular Forces has taken on increased importance in areas such as peacekeeping missions, counterdrug operations, disaster aid, and exercise support.

It is widely known that integrated, appropriately purposed, motivated and ready Reserve Forces provide an extraordinary strategic expandability for current military capability at a very low cost. Almost as importantly, the Reserve Forces forge a vital civil-military link between standing forces and the civilian community as a whole, specifically in terms of specialized skill sets difficult to cultivate in the military community.

With so much strength the Reserve Forces offer, it is vital that commanders and staffs of NATO, NATO Member Nations, and even Partners, know and understand the reserve systems on which they could depend. The NRFC is a powerful instrument at the service of NATO Member States and the armed forces and it offers a significant potential in this respect.

The National Reserve Forces Committee consists of trained and motivated specialists, high representatives of national reserve structures, who provide the overwhelming force to prepare and submit informed and agreed advice on a vast range of Reserve issues around which consensus views are built. Moreover, the Committee’s Members benefit from information sharing, experience, effective models and solutions of other Nations and observe ways in which joint activities build on international best practices. The National Reserve Forces Committee offers an indispensable forum in which national Reserve Forces leadership can exchange best practices and study important aspects of reserve management and employment. It provides assistance with pulling together information on varying national approaches. Moreover, the Committee intends to inspire and involve people; citizens to become Reservists and understand the role of Reserves, Nations to create and have their Reserve Forces, Reservists to be active and serve the Nations.

NATO Framework Policy on Reserves (Military Committee document 441/2) is one of the "doctrinal bases" of the National Reserve Forces Committee. The aim of this document is to provide NATO with the policy framework for contribution of Reserve Forces to achieving NATO's objectives, including Force Development, Force Generation and Force Employment. While NATO recognizes the prerogative of individual Nations in all these areas, this document promotes the value that Reserve Forces bring to NATO, and the measures needed to ensure that Reserve Forces are able to meet their potential.

Based on this policy, other two documents (Military Committee document 392/1 “Military Committee Directive for the National Reserve Forces Committee, NRFC” and Military Committee document 248/2 “The Relationship between NATO and the International Confederation of reserve Officers, CIOR”) determine the objectives and relationship of the Reserve entities with NATO.


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While Reserve Forces are a national responsibility, they do play an important role in maintaining the strength of the Alliance. As individuals who are not normally employed on full-time military service, Reservists serve as a connection between the military and the civilian sector. Reserve Forces help to Project Stability, assist in National Homeland Defence, and provide both specialist and general purpose officers and enlisted to support National and Alliance requirements. Reserve Forces enhance agility, flexibility, and resilience.

Two Reserve organizations in particular serve in an advisory and advocacy capacity to the Alliance.

Comprising national delegates representing member nations’ Chiefs of Defence, the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) serves formally to provide policy advice on Reserve issues, while strengthening the preparedness of Reserve Forces by providing a forum for exchange of best practices and lessons learned regarding all relevant Reserve matters.

The Confederation Interalliee des Officiers de Reserve (CIOR) is an independent confederation of National Reserve Officer Associations which advocates for and promotes capabilities and skills of Reserve Officers.

Additionally, NATO Allied Command Transformation is supported directly by over 200 United States Navy Selected Reservists, who are organized into seven units around the country. Their mission is to provide Reserve support for mobilization and manpower across the full spectrum of defence planning and joint-multinational operations and exercises, from emergencies to daily operations, peacetime through conflict resolution. They provide support to Allied Command Transformation deliverables, symposia, NATO strategic exercises, Resolute Support training events, and engagement with industry and academia in Norfolk, Virginia and throughout Europe.


dcos capdevNATO ACT Reserve Program Director: Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development (DCOS CapDev) - Lieutenant General Jeffrey G. Lofgren.

DCOS CapDev acts as SACT's Director for guidance, direction and coordination of the activities and resources of the Capability Development Directorate.

Reserve Units

Reservists are assigned to one of seven units located throughout the United States. Each unit has a Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Senior Enlisted Leader. Units are aligned by directorates and responsibilities, but work together closely in support of strategic initiatives to leverage the unique military and civilian skillsets possessed by Reservists.

US Navy Reserve Unit Drill Site
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NR NATO CJOS COE Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Norfolk VA

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Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
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Norfolk, Virginia 23551-2490
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Reserve Component Documents

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Supply Request
Pay Info
NPPSC Cover Sheet

Awards Information

BCN Request Form

Telework Policy

NATO Schools and Training

AQD Info

Welcome Aboard

welcome aboardMost people are familiar with NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is a political / military alliance dedicated to the freedom and security of its members. NATO promotes democratic values and enables cooperation, while being committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. You may not realize that NATO has two military strategic headquarters.

One is the North American headquarters in Norfolk known as Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The European headquarters in Belgium is called Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, or SHAPE.

ACT is a very unique command because not only is it a joint command (USN, USA, USAF & USMC), but ACT also has service members from over 30 other countries onboard. As a Sailor in the US Navy, you should remember, you are not only representing the Navy, but you are representing the United States.

Arrival/Reporting to ACT

NATO ACT is open Monday - Friday from 0600 to 1900 and on Det Norfolk Drill weekends from 0700 to 1600.

Reservists who are coming in for a drill weekend should coordinate reporting procedures with their unit chain of command and their local NOSC.

If you are coming to HQ SACT for a visit (AT/IDTT/ADT), you will report to the OSO/AOSO for check-in. When you arrive to NATO ACT, please enter the main doors and ask the Petty Officer of the Watch to call the OSO or Assistant OSO and we will escort you to get a badge.

The street address is 7857 Blandy Rd, Suite 100 - Norfolk, VA 23551

Once you enter onto base, HQ SACT is the second building on the left (the building with all the flags).