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Defence Forces Vision

Defence Forces Vision

Óglaigh na hÉireann’ vision is to Strengthen our Nation by inspiring pride and leading excellence.

Strengthen our Nation

We will build resilience within the Nation, supporting the ability of our people to overcome future challenges.

…by inspiring pride…

Through our leadership and actions, we will inspire a sense of pride in each and every member of the Defence Forces and amongst the people of the Nation we serve.

…and leading excellence

We will excel in everything we do by developing a culture of progressive evaluation and innovation.

Vision 2030

Óglaigh Na hÉireann will be a joint, agile and fit-for-purpose military force, postured to Defend our sovereignty, protect Irish citizens, and secure Ireland’s interests.

This will be achieved by: Transforming our culture, modernising our force to have the capability to deter threats across multi-domain operational environments; Valuing and respecting our people’s dignity, empowering them to ‘Be More’, and delivering exciting and fulfilling careers for all who serve.

Realising our Vision will allow us to: Defend Our State, Transform Our Forces, Value Our People.

Defence Forces Mission

Our Mission is to provide the military capability to defend Ireland and assigned interests internationally.

Defence Forces Values

Since its inception the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann, have faithfully maintained a strong ethos and a set of values that have ensured a continuous and exemplary level of professionalism at home and abroad. The Defence Forces ethos of continued volunteer service to the State and the six values of respect, loyalty, selflessness, physical courage, moral courage and integrity form the bedrock of the organisation and are central to our effectiveness. They are fundamental to sustaining Óglaigh na hÉireann as a steadfast pillar of the Irish State.

Manifestation of these values is demonstrated ably by the personnel of Óglaigh na hÉireann in their everyday professionalism and dedication to service to the state. In exhibiting ‘living values’ by their application in all operations and activities, Óglaigh na hÉireann personnel ‘Strengthen the Nation’ by providing inspiring pride amongst the people we serve.


"You must treat your comrades and those with whom you come into contact, whether on operations or not, with dignity, respect, tolerance and understanding”


"You must be loyal to your commanders and your subordinates and your team”


“Your personal interests must come after the needs of the mission and your team/unit”

Physical Courage

“You must have the physical courage to persevere with the mission regardless of dangers and difficulties. Physical Courage comes with commitment and professionalism”

Moral Courage

“You must do what you know is right, not what is easier or popular”


“Be truthful, reliable and honourable”