Irish Army Reserve
Overview
 
The Army Reserve is the land component of the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF)
Reserve Defence Forces
The Reserve Defence Forces is the title given to the reserve components of the Irish Defence Forces. It comprises the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve ....

. It is the second line reserve of the Army
Irish Army
The Irish Army, officially named simply the Army is the main branch of the Defence Forces of Ireland. Approximately 8,500 men and women serve in the Irish Army, divided into three infantry Brigades...

. The Army Reserve is a part-time, fully voluntary organisation, and is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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, the other element being the Naval Service Reserve
Naval Service Reserve
The Naval Service Reserve is the reserve force of the Irish Naval Service. It is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of the Defence Forces of Ireland, the other element being the Army Reserve...

.

It was established on 1 October 2005 to replace and reorganise the previous reserve organisation, and to improve training and courses similar to those of the Permanent Forces.
Encyclopedia
The Army Reserve is the land component of the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF)
Reserve Defence Forces
The Reserve Defence Forces is the title given to the reserve components of the Irish Defence Forces. It comprises the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve ....

. It is the second line reserve of the Army
Irish Army
The Irish Army, officially named simply the Army is the main branch of the Defence Forces of Ireland. Approximately 8,500 men and women serve in the Irish Army, divided into three infantry Brigades...

. The Army Reserve is a part-time, fully voluntary organisation, and is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

, the other element being the Naval Service Reserve
Naval Service Reserve
The Naval Service Reserve is the reserve force of the Irish Naval Service. It is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of the Defence Forces of Ireland, the other element being the Army Reserve...

.

It was established on 1 October 2005 to replace and reorganise the previous reserve organisation, and to improve training and courses similar to those of the Permanent Forces. This reorganisation saw the creation of an overriding Reserve Defence Forces
Reserve Defence Forces
The Reserve Defence Forces is the title given to the reserve components of the Irish Defence Forces. It comprises the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve ....

 structure which spans both the Army and Naval Service Reserve
Naval Service Reserve
The Naval Service Reserve is the reserve force of the Irish Naval Service. It is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of the Defence Forces of Ireland, the other element being the Army Reserve...

.
Prior to the 2005 restructure, the reserve forces of the Irish Army were known as the Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil (Local Defence Force), which in turn has its origins in the Units formed in 1920s.

Early Reserve/Volunteer forces

In the years following the establishment of Defence Forces various classes of army reserves were experimented with. Between 1927 and 1939, these comprised several reserve classes.

Classes

In May 1927, the "Class A Reserve" was established and consisted of regular non-commissioned officer
Non-commissioned officer
A non-commissioned officer , called a sub-officer in some countries, is a military officer who has not been given a commission...

s and men transferred to the Reserve. Though numbers never exceeded 5,000, they were the best trained of the reserves, with over 80% reporting annually for training.

In January 1928, the "Class B Reserve" was formed, with the object of building up the infantry arm of the Defence Forces - on a voluntary basis. Its conditions of service were three months' initial training, followed by one month's annual training with liability for six years Reserve service. It was not a success however, never exceeding 3,600 in strength, and had practically ceased to exist by 1934.

The "Volunteer Reserve Force" was established in Autumn 1929. No initial training was required - instead members attended parade once weekly, with four weekend camps per year along with fifteen days annual training. It was divided into three units, one Battalion in Dublin, an Artillery Battery in Cork
Cork (city)
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban...

 and an Officer Training corps in universities. A total of 1,229 enlisted in the Officer Training College (OTC) while 987 enlisted in the other two units. The units were disbanded in 1935.

The "Volunteer Force" was established in March 1934. Apart from basic military requirements there was a political consideration in its formation. Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party , more commonly known as Fianna Fáil is a centrist political party in the Republic of Ireland, founded on 23 March 1926. Fianna Fáil's name is traditionally translated into English as Soldiers of Destiny, although a more accurate rendition would be Warriors of Fál...

, who had assumed power in 1932, were anxious that the army should be more representative of the different political persuasions in the country. Since 1924, the army had been composed of pro-Treaty
Anglo-Irish Treaty
The Anglo-Irish Treaty , officially called the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty Between Great Britain and Ireland, was a treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and representatives of the secessionist Irish Republic that concluded the Irish War of...

 supporters. It was hoped that this new force would attract men who would be considered anti-Treaty in outlook. To this end a number of men who had prominent anti-Treaty records in the Civil War
Irish Civil War
The Irish Civil War was a conflict that accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State as an entity independent from the United Kingdom within the British Empire....

 were commissioned at the initial stages as Administrative Officers.

On 6 November 1935 the "Pearse Regiment" was added. Named for Pádraig Pearse, this force consisted of three lines of Reserve with varying conditions of service. Those of the first line had to undergo initial training along with a commitment to thirty days annual training, and reached a maximum strength of 10,578 by April 1935. On 1 September 1939 the strength was 257 officers and 6,986 other ranks. The second line consisted of personnel who had been trained in the first line and had been transferred. The third line was intended to be a reserve of specialists in civilian life who would be of value to the army upon mobilisation.

Organisation

The Volunteer Force was the first scheme to make provision for recruitment into all Arms of the Service. It also provided for the special training of non-commissioned officer
Non-commissioned officer
A non-commissioned officer , called a sub-officer in some countries, is a military officer who has not been given a commission...

s and the training of NCOs for commissions. The inclusion of civilian committees (known as ) to help recruiting and administration at a local level was a feature of the Force. The however gradually disappeared and were replaced by committees composed solely of Volunteers. The Volunteers had a distinctive uniform, darker than the ordinary uniform, with black boots, leggings, belts, chromium buttons and badges and forage caps.

Territorially these early volunteer/reserve forces were divided into regimental areas, which took their names from the ancient Irish kingdoms where they were raised:-
  • The Regiment of Oriel
    Airgíalla
    Airgíalla or Airgialla was the name of an Irish federation and Irish kingdom which first formed around the 7th century...

     - Counties Louth
    County Louth
    County Louth is a county of Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Louth. Louth County Council is the local authority for the county...

    , Meath
    County Meath
    County Meath is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Mide . Meath County Council is the local authority for the county...

     and Monaghan
    County Monaghan
    County Monaghan is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Monaghan. Monaghan County Council is the local authority for the county...

    .
  • The Regiment of Leinster
    Leinster
    Leinster is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the east of Ireland. It comprises the ancient Kingdoms of Mide, Osraige and Leinster. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the historic fifths of Leinster and Mide gradually merged, mainly due to the impact of the Pale, which straddled...

     - Counties Kildare
    County Kildare
    County Kildare is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Kildare. Kildare County Council is the local authority for the county...

    , West Wicklow
    County Wicklow
    County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingalág or Wykynlo. Wicklow County Council is the local authority for the county...

    , Wexford
    County Wexford
    County Wexford is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wexford. In pre-Norman times it was part of the Kingdom of Uí Cheinnselaig, whose capital was at Ferns. Wexford County Council is the local...

     and Carlow
    County Carlow
    County Carlow is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority for the county...

    .
  • The Regiment of Dublin
    County Dublin
    County Dublin is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Dublin Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Dublin which is the capital of Ireland. County Dublin was one of the first of the parts of Ireland to be shired by King John of England following the...

     - County and Borough of Dublin and East Wicklow
    County Wicklow
    County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingalág or Wykynlo. Wicklow County Council is the local authority for the county...

    .
  • The Regiment of Ormond
    Ormond
    -Places:* Ormond , an ancient kingdom in the Province of Munster* Ormond Beach, Florida, a city in Florida* Ormond-By-The-Sea, Florida, a city in Florida** Ormond Beach Middle School, a middle school located in the city of Ormond Beach...

    , renamed Ossory
    Ossory
    The Irish geographical name Ossory can refer to:* Kingdom of Osraige* Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory* Church of Ireland diocese of the Bishop of Ossory* A prophet of the Omnian religion in Terry Pratchett's Discworld...

     in 1935. Counties Kilkenny
    County Kilkenny
    County Kilkenny is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Kilkenny. The territory of the county was the core part of the ancient Irish Kingdom of Osraige which in turn was the core of the Diocese of...

    , Waterford
    County Waterford
    *Abbeyside, Affane, Aglish, Annestown, An Rinn, Ardmore*Ballinacourty, Ballinameela, Ballinamult, Ballinroad, Ballybeg, Ballybricken, Ballyduff Lower, Ballyduff Upper, Ballydurn, Ballygunner, Ballylaneen, Ballymacarbry, Ballymacart, Ballynaneashagh, Ballysaggart, Ballytruckle, Bilberry, Bunmahon,...

     and Tipperary
    County Tipperary
    County Tipperary is a county of Ireland. It is located in the province of Munster and is named after the town of Tipperary. The area of the county does not have a single local authority; local government is split between two authorities. In North Tipperary, part of the Mid-West Region, local...

    .
  • The Regiment of Thomond
    Thomond
    Thomond The region of Ireland associated with the name Thomond is County Clare, County Limerick and north County Tipperary; effectively most of north Munster. The name is used by a variety of establishments and organisations located in , or associated with the region...

     - Counties Limerick
    County Limerick
    It is thought that humans had established themselves in the Lough Gur area of the county as early as 3000 BC, while megalithic remains found at Duntryleague date back further to 3500 BC...

     and Clare
    County Clare
    -History:There was a Neolithic civilisation in the Clare area — the name of the peoples is unknown, but the Prehistoric peoples left evidence behind in the form of ancient dolmen; single-chamber megalithic tombs, usually consisting of three or more upright stones...

    .
  • The Regiment of Connacht
    Connacht
    Connacht , formerly anglicised as Connaught, is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the west of Ireland. In Ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for...

     - Counties Galway
    County Galway
    County Galway is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the city of Galway. Galway County Council is the local authority for the county. There are several strongly Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county...

    , Mayo
    County Mayo
    County Mayo is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the village of Mayo, which is now generally known as Mayo Abbey. Mayo County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 130,552...

     and Roscommon
    County Roscommon
    County Roscommon is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the town of Roscommon. Roscommon County Council is the local authority for the county...

    .
  • The Regiment of Breffni - Counties Cavan
    County Cavan
    County Cavan is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Cavan. Cavan County Council is the local authority for the county...

    , Longford
    County Longford
    County Longford is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Longford.Longford County Council is the local authority for the county...

    , Leitrim
    County Leitrim
    County Leitrim is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the village of Leitrim. Leitrim County Council is the local authority for the county...

     and Sligo.
  • The Regiment of Tyrconnell - County Donegal
    County Donegal
    County Donegal is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Donegal. Donegal County Council is the local authority for the county...

    .
  • The Regiment of Uisneach - Counties Laois
    County Laois
    County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It was formerly known as Queen's County until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The county's name was formerly spelt as Laoighis and Leix. Laois County Council...

    , Offaly
    County Offaly
    County Offaly is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Uí Failghe and was formerly known as King's County until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. Offaly County Council is...

     and Westmeath
    County Westmeath
    -Economy:Westmeath has a strong agricultural economy. Initially, development occurred around the major market centres of Mullingar, Moate, and Kinnegad. Athlone developed due to its military significance, and its strategic location on the main Dublin–Galway route across the River Shannon. Mullingar...

    .
  • The Regiment of Desmond
    Desmond
    Desmond may refer to:*Desmond , a common given name and surname* Kingdom of Desmond, medieval Irish kingdom* Earl of Desmond, Irish aristocratic title* Desmond Rebellions, Irish rebellions during the 16th century led by the Earl of Desmond...

     - Counties Cork
    County Cork
    County Cork is a county in Ireland. It is located in the South-West Region and is also part of the province of Munster. It is named after the city of Cork . Cork County Council is the local authority for the county...

     and Kerry
    County Kerry
    Kerry means the "people of Ciar" which was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. The legendary founder of the tribe was Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich. In Old Irish "Ciar" meant black or dark brown, and the word continues in use in modern Irish as an adjective...

    .

The Emergency

In response to the various security threats posed during The Emergency (Second World War), a new reserve force - the Local Security Force (LSF) - was created on the 28 May 1940 as an auxiliary police service. Instituted under a Garda
Garda Síochána
, more commonly referred to as the Gardaí , is the police force of Ireland. The service is headed by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Irish Government. Its headquarters are located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.- Terminology :...

 Act its activities were to be devoted to auxiliary police and internal security work. Recruiting forms were dispatched to Garda stations on the 31 May 1940 and by 16 June of the same year 44,870 members were enrolled.

On the 22nd June 1940 it was decided to divide the force into two groups:-
  • "A" Group - to be an auxiliary to the army
  • "B" Group - to continue as an auxiliary to the Police Force.


By August 1940 the strength had risen to 148,306 and by October of the same year detailed organisations for each group were issued and District Staffs were formed. By the end of 1940 the army had more or less completed its expansion to a war-time footing and was then in a position to take over the control of "A" Group from the Gardaí. On the 1st January 1941 it was handed over to the Command and control of the Army and was given the new title of "The Local Defence Force" (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitúil).

The "B" Group continued as an auxiliary police force and retained its old name - "The Local Security Force" (L.S.F.). From the military point of view the L.D.F. was the equivalent of many additional battalions to the Defence Forces.

Local Security Force

The L.S.F. was organised in groups around each Garda Station. It was organised into sections and squads and its general duties consisted of traffic control, communications, protective duties, transport, and first aid
First aid
First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care...

.

While other elements of the Defence Forces devoted most of their time to training, the L.S.F., while training was important, were required to devote much of their time to actual work. Police duties, patrolling and observation were important aspects of their activities. Unlike the soldier who was trained to act as part of a team, the L.S.F. member acted more like a policeman and therefore more emphasis was placed on training to enable him to act alone.

In the cities and large towns their systems of patrols and beats were designed to coincide with times of local crime peaks. A survey of 200 commendations issued to members include the detection of such crimes as housebreaking, larceny, dangerous driving, saving of life from burning buildings, assistance to Gardaí
Garda Síochána
, more commonly referred to as the Gardaí , is the police force of Ireland. The service is headed by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Irish Government. Its headquarters are located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.- Terminology :...

 under assault and others.

They also assisted the Gardaí in searches for reported parachutists, missing persons, and crashed aircraft. They kept a watch for floating mines and provided cordons when required. They also assisted in policing at two General Elections. Assistance to other Government Departments was also provided, and included the distribution to households of tea
Tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant to hot water. The term also refers to the plant itself. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world...

 rationing forms and ration books (March 1941), census of turf
Peat
Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter or histosol. Peat forms in wetland bogs, moors, muskegs, pocosins, mires, and peat swamp forests. Peat is harvested as an important source of fuel in certain parts of the world...

 cutting (July 1941), a survey of accommodation available for refugees, and the provision of patrols to enforce the regulations governing the movement of cattle on outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Local Defence Force

As noted above, this was the "A" Group of the L.S.F. that had been transferred to the army in January 1941. With its military status and responsibility, it was integrated into the combat organisations under full military discipline. The main LDF weapons were the rifle, bayonet and grenade. The organisation was mostly one of rifle companies and platoons.

In 1942 the LDF strength was 98,429. In 1943 this rose to 103,530. And in 1944 it was at 96,152. These strengths were regarded as being 90% effective and may reflect a rise and fall as the European battle front approached or receded from Irish shores.

Establishment of the FCÁ

A post-war establishment of 12,500 in all ranks saw a rapid demobilisation and reorganisation within a small period. The Regular Army was now composed of three Brigades.
In 1947 all reserve forces were dis-established and in their place were created the First Line Reserve and the Second Line Reserve - An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil (FCÁ) (Local Defence Force).

The basic principles underlying this establishment were that:-
  • The three brigades at about half strength could, with their reserves be quickly mobilised to full strength.
  • Provide normal garrison and training establishments.
  • Provide cadres for the Reserves.


This organisation remained until 1959 when "integration" was introduced by which the FCÁ was integrated with the Regular Army. Six Brigades of mixed Regular and FCÁ units, each with only one Regular Battalion were established with the intention that the remaining units would be filled by FCÁ personnel upon mobilisation.

In 1979 there was a change in the structure and role of the FCÁ which had existed since the 1959 integration.

The six integrated Infantry Brigades were reduced to four PDF (Permanent Defence Force) Brigades and the Eastern Command Infantry Force (ECIF). A new Command structure was set up for the FCÁ with a Directorate of Reserve Forces.

Changing role and the RDF

Confirmed by the Minister in the Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann is the lower house, but principal chamber, of the Oireachtas , which also includes the President of Ireland and Seanad Éireann . It is directly elected at least once in every five years under the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote...

 on 15 May 1991, the role of the FCÁ units changed. They were now to be tasked with local defence and security, reinforcement of PDF units with trained manpower, and the replacement of PDF units in Barracks should the need arise.

Females were inducted into selected units of the FCÁ in 1990 and from 1992 all units were permitted to recruit females. In 1997 a Steering Group was convened by the Chief of Staff to conduct a special study on the Restructuring of the Reserve Defence Forces. The Report was completed in May 1999.

On October 1, 2005 the FCÁ was stood down and the RDF (Reserve Defence Forces), consisting of the Army Reserve and Naval Reserve, was established.

Training

All enlisted members of the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) undergo recruit training on a part time voluntary basis. This training takes place mostly on weekends. Recruits must undergo at least 7 days full-time training and pass proficiency tests on foot and arms drill. They must also fire the Steyr AUG
Steyr AUG
The AUG is an Austrian bullpup 5.56mm assault rifle, designed in the early 1970s by Steyr Mannlicher GmbH & Co KG . The AUG was adopted by the Austrian Army as the StG 77 in 1977, where it replaced the 7.62mm StG 58 automatic rifle...

 rifle to qualify as a 2 Star Private.

3 Star training includes navigation, further weapons training (GPMG), fieldcraft and tactical training.

Current Composition

The Army Reserve is organised into three Brigades: 1st Reserve Brigade (South), 2nd Reserve Brigade (East), and 4th Reserve Brigade (West).

There is also a Reserve Defence Forces Training Authority (RDFTA) based in the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh. In addition there are 3 air defence batteries which are not part of the brigade structure but report directly to the 1 Air Defence Regiment (PDF) in the Curragh. They are territorially located, 2 Air Defence battery in the Eastern Brigade. 3 and 4 Air Defence Batteries in the Southern Brigade.
Eastern Brigade Southern Brigade Western Brigade Air Defence Regt
  • RDF HQ
  • RDF BTC
  • 62 Res Inf Bn
    62 Reserve Infantry Battalion (Ireland)
    The 62 Reserve Infantry Battalion is an Infantry Battalion in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces .-Unit Heritage:The 62 Reserve Infantry battalion was formed from the 20 and the 21 Infantry battalions of the FCÁ after the re-organization of the Irish army reserve in 2005...

  • 65 Res Inf Bn
  • 67 Res Inf Bn
  • Med Coy, 62 Res LSB
  • Tpt Coy, 62 Res LSB
  • Camp Staff Coy, 62 Res LSB
  • 62 Res Arty Regt
  • 62 Res MP Coy
  • 62 Res CIS Coy
    62 Res CIS Company
    The 62 Reserve Field Communication and Information Services Company is an Irish Reserve Defence Forces Company of the Communication and Information Services Corps.-The Emergency:...

  • 62 Res Cav Sqn
    62 Reserve Cavalry Squadron
    The 62 Reserve Cavalry Squadron is an armoured unit in the Irish Reserve Defence Forces . It was formed in 2005 from the former 11 Cavalry Squadron FCÁ, 11 Motor Squadron FCÁ, 11 Cyclist Regiment FCÁ, and 41, 42, 43, 44 Cyclist Squadrons LDF....

  • 62 Res Engr Coy


  • 2 Air Defence Bty (Under Eastern Brigade Admin Control)
  • 3 Air Defence Bty (Under Southern Brigade Admin Control)
  • 4 Air Defence Bty (Under Southern Brigade Admin Control)

  • Rank structure

    Main articles: Irish Army officer ranks
    Irish Army Officer Rank Insignia
    -Officer Ranks:-See also:*Enlisted Ranks...

     and Irish Army enlisted ranks
    Irish Army Enlisted Rank Insignia
    -Other Rank Insignia:Commissioned Ranks...


    The Irish Army Reserve is organised along the same rank and command structures as the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF), however there are some differences.

    All Ranks within the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) are enlisted as recruits.
    Potential officers are chosen from the Non Commissioned ranks
    Irish Army Enlisted Rank Insignia
    -Other Rank Insignia:Commissioned Ranks...

    , normally only Corporal and Sergeant ranks are selected. The Potential Officers course is run over 2 years.
    There is some Direct Entry routes for Officers in the Reserve. This is only available for professionals like Dentists,Engineers, Doctors etc.

    In the PDF a Battalion level unit would be commanded by a Lieutenant-Colonel
    Lieutenant colonel
    Lieutenant colonel is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine forces and some air forces of the world, typically ranking above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence...

    , however in the RDF this would be a PDF Commandant
    Commandant
    Commandant is a senior title often given to the officer in charge of a large training establishment or academy. This usage is common in anglophone nations...

    . Before the reorganisation of the RDF in 2005, Commandant was the highest rank in the RDF, however there are now 4 reserve Lieutenant Colonel
    Lieutenant colonel
    Lieutenant colonel is a rank of commissioned officer in the armies and most marine forces and some air forces of the world, typically ranking above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence...

    s appointed - one to each Brigade Headquarters and one to the Reserve Defence Forces Training Authority, based at the DFTC, Co Kildare.

    Footnotes and sources

    • Some Historical information taken from the Irish Defence Forces website, www.military.ie, and reproduced under the terms of their licence.


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