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Rates of Pay

Most of the time in the Reserve Defence Forces is on a voluntary, unpaid basis. However, you will be paid to attend training courses and annual camp. The length of these courses varies but usually range from 7 to 14 days in duration. 

This is the current weekly rates of pay for both the Army and Naval Service Reserve.

Rates of Pay
Army Reserve RankNaval Service Reserve RankPay (€)
Private, 2 starOrdinary Seaman*410.13
Private, 3 starAble Seaman*427.37
CorporalLeading Seaman*512.07
SergeantPetty Officer*561.93
CQMSSenior Petty Officer*650.39
Company SergeantChief Petty Officer*662.53
BQMSSenior Chief Petty Officer*720.47
Sergeant Major739.85
2nd LieutenantEnsign721.66
LieutenantSub Lieutenant721.66
Lieutenant (Eng Max)856.41
Lieutenant (Eng Min)713.98
Lieutenant (Med Max)796.41
Lieutenant (Med Min)668.81
CaptainLieutenant (NS)739.29
Captain (Eng)890.36
Captain (Med)1057.25
CommandantLieutenant Commander939.43
Commandant (Eng)1067.58
Commandant (Med)1245.69
Lieutenant ColonelCommander1245.68

* Non commissioned ranks of the Naval Service Reserve also receive Naval Pay at the rate of:

For those enlisted Pre 01 Jan 2011      -  €19:32

For those enlisted Post 01 Jan 2011     - €17:36

Note: Members of the Army Reserve Forces are generally paid on the 1st point of the pay scale for the Permanent Defence Forces.