Defence Forces General Staff

The Chief of Staff (COS)

The Chief of Staff holds the rank of Vice Admiral and is assigned authority and responsibility by the Minister of Defence in respect of all staff duties connected with the executive management of the Defence Forces. The Chief of Staff is responsible for Strategic Planning and Public Relations in particular.

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Deputy and Assistant Chiefs of Staff (DCOS)

The remaining duties, which are executive in nature, are delegated to the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. The both hold the rank of Major General.

Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (D COS Ops) is tasked with operational matters.
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Deputy Chief of Staff Support (D COS Sp) is tasked with military support matters.
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Assistant Chief of Staff Support (ACOS Sp) is tasked with military support matters. 
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Brigade Commanders

The country is divided into three areas for administrative and operational reasons, and in each area there is an infantry Brigade. The three brigade group structure envisages distinct operational areas of responsibility for each of the brigades and is supported in their responsibilities by the Naval Service and Air Corps. Each of the Brigade formations and the Air Corps are commanded by a Brigadier General while the Naval Service is commanded by a Commodore.

Please see the following links for further information about the Brigade Commanders:

General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade

General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade

General Officer Commanding the Defence Forces Training Centre

General Officer Commanding the Air Corp 

Flag Officer Commanding The Naval Service

The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]