Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

Read more about the Flags for Schools Initiative and how Óglaigh na hÉireann is supporting Ireland 2016 >>

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What did you get up to last weekend?


Well, if it involved getting together with a 100 or so good friends and firing semi-automatic Steyr AUG rifles or being part of an artillery gun crew, then you already know about the unique challenges and attractions of the Reserve Defence Forces. If not, maybe you should check it out.

As a part-time force receiving professional military training, your time in the Reserves will bring experiences and challenges that will draw upon all your physical and mental abilities. And whatever you do for a living, you’ll find a unit in the Reserve that fits with your lifestyle, interests and skills.

So what are the entry requirements? Well, if you are over 18 and under 35 years of age and are willing to face the challenges that only the military can offer, see how to join now.

The RDF is organised into the First Line Reserve and a Second Line Reserve. The First Line Reserve comprises former members of the Permanent Defence Force and the Second Line Reserve comprises the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.

The restructured Reserve Defence Force RDF (na hÓglaigh Cúltaca) was established in October 2005 to replace An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil and An Slua MuirÁ and has more recently undergone a reorganisation in tandem with the Permanent Defence Force as part of the “Single Force” concept.

The Reserve Defence Force consists of the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve. The Army element is designated the Army Reserve (Cúltaca an Airm).  The Naval element is designated the Naval Service Reserve (Cúltaca na SeirbhÁs Cabhlaigh).