60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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Army Training

Training and Development

The Defence forces trains its personnel to produce a self-confident, disciplined soldier who is physically fit, well motiovated and equipped with the skills needed to survive on the battlefield and operate as a member of a team or crew. A soliders whole life development incudes Professional Development, Personal Development and Career Management. It is the process which maximises potential by building competence for a Defence Forces career while laying the foundation for success in later civilian life.


In November each year the Annual Defence Forces training directive is issued. It establishes Defence Forces annual training policy and assigns responsibilities for the training of Personnel and Units. The Army, Navy and Air Corps base their annual training programme on this directive. It lists all military courses, courses for continuous professional development, instructor courses, adventure courses and activities, sport and sporting fixtures and Defence Forces competitions for the forthcoming year.

Visit the Education HQ section for more information about Defence Forces Training.

Career Development

The aim of development is to maximise your effectiveness and potential by rewarding, managing and utilising your ability to meet current and future needs of the Defence Forces.

Engineer Search Teams during a training course

Visit the Army Careers page for more information on career development.