Training / Courses in the Army Reserve

The Army Reserve is unlike any other organisation in the world. When the Army are deployed overseas or even during normal training, troops have to be proficient in a multitude of skills and abilities in order to function properly. The training that the average soldier must go through and the skills that they accumulate accord the average person with confidence and leadership especially during high stress situations.

In the Army Reserve, every person is first and foremost a soldier and the training that they receive in their first few years reflects this. Every person who joins the Reserve must undergo the same recruit training. The development of the average person into a motivated and capable soldier is the goal of recruit training. In recruit training, soldiers undergo training in combat first aid, organisation of the Defence Forces, military law and tactical training. A major part of Recruit training is training in the Steyr 5.56mm Assault Rifle.

But most importantly, Recruit training is about teaching soldiers how to operate together as a team at all times. This teamwork is an essential part of military training as the stresses placed upon the average soldier in military life, both in training and operationally, require soldiers to respect and trust one another at all times. As a result, the comradeship and teamwork one experiences in the Army reserve is unparalleled anywhere else.

After Recruit training is complete, each soldier then undergoes continuation training in their Corps as well as skills used by all Corps. The purpose of continuation training is to train soldier to operate together more effectively in the different environments that they may find themselves. All soldiers are taught to operate basic radio communications, map reading, Nuclear, Biological & Chemical warfare defence and the Light Machine Gun. Each Corps also carries out specialist training in its particular field. The Infantry and Cavalry Corps train in weapons and tactics. Since it is these Corps that are the frontline units in the Army Reserve, the training is intensive for both soldiers and leaders. A wide variety of weapons are employed by these Corps from 81mm mortars to the General Purpose Machine Gun, but teamwork at all levels is emphasised as well as leadership abilities. The Corps of Engineers undergo training in engineering tasks such as demolition's and construction as well as mine warfare. The Corps of Engineers is heavily utilised in overseas missions and soldier receive a high level of training for this task. The Artillery Corps train in the operation of the 105mm Light gun and receive training in surveying skills.

The above Corps are supported in their jobs by a range of support units. The Communications & Information Services Corps provide radio communications and technological equipment, an important asset in the modern technological world. Military Police enforce discipline in the Defence Forces and supervise the movement of personnel and equipment. The Air Defence batteries give the Defence Forces the ability to control Ireland's airspace and the Logistic Supply Battalions provide transport and supply capabilities in order to keep units operating optimally. As can be seen, there are a wide range of skills throughout the Army Reserve with each soldier receiving intensive training in their field. As a result, soldiers in the Army Reserve tend to be motivated and effective people who can carry their skills into their ordinary day to day jobs. Leadership is a much prized skill in the Defence Forces and leaders receive further training to utilise their skills more effectively.

The Basic leader in the Army Reserve is the Corporal. From being a soldier with a range of skills, A Corporal must learn how to effectively use his or her soldiers to the best of their abilities in a wide variety of situations and challenges. As a result, Corporals have a lot of responsibility and soon learn how to motivate people to work as a team. Each Corporal is trained to be a leader and an instructor and serve as role models for their fellow soldiers. The next level of leader in the Army reserve is the Sergeant who is responsible for administering a platoon of soldiers (about 30 people). Sergeants are required to be highly skilled supervisors and are an important part of the 'Army team. Lieutenants in the Army reserve are commissioned officers and usually command a platoon of soldiers. Leadership and high levels of ability are essential prerequisites of all officers in the Army Reserve as a great deal of responsibility and pressure is placed on the Lieutenant. Officers represent the executive level of the Army Reserve and as such are required to be able to make important decisions in high pressure situations. The actions and inaction's of a platoon are the sole responsibility of the Lieutenant and, as a result, officers in the Army Reserve must display great leadership and problem solving abilities as well as being a role model to all others.
At all levels of the Army Reserve, soldiers are taught to operate as a team to overcome challenges and work effectively. Leadership and teamwork are highly important in the Defence Forces and are required in order for soldiers to operate in the difficult and dangerous conditions that they can find themselves in. As a result, the Army Reserve spend a lot of time and effort developing was is its most important asset - The individual soldier.

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