The Reserve Defence Force roles are those assigned to the Defence Forces:

  • Defence against armed aggression.
  • Aid to the Civil Power.
  • Participation in Peace Support Operations.
  • Fishery Protection.
  • Other duties which may be assigned by Government.

Tasks are assigned to the RDF to support the PDF in fulfilling these roles. These include:

  • Augmentation/reinforcement of the PDF.
  • Provision of logistic support.
  • Provision of armed escorts.
  • Augmentation of Naval Service on fishery protection patrols.
  • Staffing of Military Posts during periods of PDF deployment.
  • Radiological Monitoring.
  • Ceremonial Duties at national and local events.

Army Reserve

In the majority of locations there is an infantry sub unit, a Company, of an Infantry Battalion. However, in Collins Barracks Cork and Cathal Brugha Barracks Dublin*, there are a number of other Corps such as Artillery, Cavalry, Communications and Information Services, Engineers, Military Police,Transport and Medics.

If you have a particular skill or interest in these areas, consider your preferred location prior to submitting your online application form . In particular the Medical Corps is looking for qualified medical personnel to join their ranks in Cork and Dublin.

*Please note that in Cathal Brugha Barracks there is an Infantry Coy and no Artillery unit. In this Bde the Artillery is located in Athlone. 

Army Reserve Locations
1 Brigade 2 Brigade DFTC
Galway McKee Barracks, Dublin The Curragh
Mallow Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin
Tralee Bray
Ennis Mullingar
Skibbereen Cavan
Kilkenny Dundalk
Templemore Navan
Waterford Castlebar
Collins Barracks, Cork Donegal
Clifden Letterkenny
Wexford Athlone (Artillery)
Limerick Boyle

Naval Service Reserve

Naval Service Reserve Locations


Read more about the Organisation of the Defence Forces