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What is the training commitment?

Reservists training commitments usually entail;

  1. A two hour weekly parade night.
  2. A Field Day and/or Weekend camp per month.
  3. Additionally Reservists will have at a minimum the opportunity to attend a paid Annual Camp ( 7 Days). 

The training commitment is to enable Reservists maintain their operational effectiveness through achieving the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in a calendar year;

  1. Annual Personnel Weapons Training (APWT).
  2. Annual Medical.
  3. Annual Fitness Test.
  4. Minimum of 48 hrs Voluntary unpaid training.
  5. Minimum of 12 hours Voluntary Experiential Training (unpaid).
  6. Attendance at parade nights/ Field Days/ Weekend Camps will contribute to meeting the requirements at d and e above.

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Can I leave at any time?

You will sign on for an initial period of three years (four years NSR). However, non-attendance for a period of time will signal that you are no longer interested in being a member and you could be discharged as a result. You can apply to leave at any time but there is no point in joining if you lack determination and commitment.

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What are the age limits?

You must be 18 years of age and under the age of 35 on the closing date for receipt of applications in order to join the RDF. There are exceptions to the upper age limit for those with certain specialist skills or previous military experience. 

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I am not yet 17. Can I still apply to join the Reserve?

You must be 18 years of age and under the age of 35 on the closing date for receipt of applications in order to join the RDF.

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I am not Irish, can I still join the Reserve?

This depends. If you are a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Union, then yes, you are eligible for enlistment. However if you are a citizen of another country, then the following rules apply. You must:

  • not be seeking asylum within the State.
  • have three or more years legal and unbroken residency in the State.
  • be in possession of a certificate of Registration (Certificate of Residency) issued by the Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform covering the period of potential engagement. (Three years for the Army Reserve, four years for the Naval Service Reserve).



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I have a criminal record. Would this prevent me from joining?

A person who has been convicted of a serious offence by the Special Criminal Court or by a Civil Court is not eligible to join the RDF.