This community was formally founded on May 28, 1995, but is has its origins in the Gaming talks held since 1989 in Gaming, a charming small Austrian village where the representatives of general staffs of Armies of the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland gathered together to give impetus to mutual consultations among military forces after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact when European countries began to be more interested in social, military, institutional and international aspects of formerly hostile countries.
The military units of the reserve officers and soldiers were deemed to be the most appropriate actors of such consultations since they are firmly integrated into military and social context of the States, they are opened to a dialogue and they are much less bound by the political and military rules and procedures.