Training and Development

Training is the life blood of the Reserve Defence Force. The part time soldier, or sailor, receives modern training, centered around weekly training parades, which are usually 2 hours in duration. There are also field-days, and overnights, usually once a month, along with a full-time training camp in the summer which is of up to 14 days in duration.

Army Reserve

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.

Visit the Education HQ section for more information on training within the Army Reserve.

Naval Service Reserve

Training in the Naval Service Reserve is carried out throughout the various unit locations around Ireland and in the Naval Base located in Haulbowline, Co. Cork. Certified courses are run in the state of the art facilities at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) near the Naval Base in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. Such courses include Sea Survival, Damage Control and Firefighting, Boat Handling, Weapons Training and Communications.

Visit the Education HQ section for more information on training within the Naval Service Reserve.


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