Irish Defence Forces

Irish Defence Forces

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About Irish Defence Forces

Reserve Defence Forces

The Army is organised on conventional military lines providing a sufficiently flexible structure to carry out all the roles assigned by Government. The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad.

Reserve Defence Forces

The restructured Reserve Defence Force RDF (na hÓglaigh Cúltaca) was established in October 2005 to replace An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil and An Slua Muirí.

Your time in the Reserve will bring experiences and challenges that will draw upon all your physical and mental abilities and whatever you do for a living, you’ll find a unit in the Reserve that fits with your lifestyle, interests and skills.

Army Reservists, who are they and what do they do?

The Defence Forces in Ireland consists of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and the Reserve Defence Force (RDF). The RDF, comprising the First Line Reserve, Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve, is a very important component of Ireland’s defence arrangements.

Army Reservists are essentially volunteers that participate in Defence Forces Training in their spare time.

The Army Reserve organisation is integrated into the Permanent Defence Forces and plays an increasingly important role in supporting the Defence Forces’ mission.

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