The GAMING INITIATIVE is the Union of Reserve Officers Associations from Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Austria as a one of the founding nation has at the moment an inactive status. To see the associations in the overview click here.
In the Karthause Gaming (near Vienna/Austria) Col Charles Ott (Switzerland), Col prof. Arne Steinkamp(Germany) and Col Volker Zimmermann (Austria) founded 1989 the GAMINGER fireside chat.
In 1995 the so called GAMING TALKS changed the name in GAMING INITIATIVE to show the altered intention.
In 2002 GAMING INITIATIVE and CIOR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the declaration that GAMING INITIATIVE is a regional independent platform.
Trough half-yearly meetings in the member states a continuous and constructive development can be assured. The spring meeting is the Think Tank with country reports and speeches about specified themes. The autumn meeting is concentrated visiting parts of the army, to get in contact with generals and also members of the MoD. During the last years these discussions shared important knowledge’s and highly topical themes. Every member alliance has the possibility to take the results back home for here own adoption.