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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An important part of overseas service is the training that the Defence Forces give to all its personnel prior to Departure to the Mission area. Each leading Brigade will carry out Mission Readiness Exercices for its Battalion. The United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI) also has a part to play in the preparation of personnel to serve overseas.

Exercise Saltpans - Pre-Deployment Training

United Nations Training School Ireland

The school’s establishment was a natural consequence of Defence Forces involvement with peacekeeping activities and our contribution to UN operations in particular. UNTSI’s primary focus is on the training and preparation of Irish Defence Forces personnel for participation in a wide range of Peace Support Operations (PSO). 

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Pre Deployment Training

Prior to departure, an overseas unit, will spend two to three months taking part in pre deployment training, in line with the Defence Forces Training Circular, which outlines what training must be completed and at what stage. The training is divided into four phases with different levels of intensity and responsibility.

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Mission Readiness Exercises

The Mission Readiness Exercise itself comprises of five elements each evaluating different aspects of the pre deployment training conducted by the unit deploying overseas. This training includes computer aided exercises , situational training exercises, field training exercises, battle innoculation and support weapons shoot.

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