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Army Reserve Courses


Part Time Professional Development through the Defence Forces

The Reserve Defence Forces are primarily engaged in training. In conjunction with your education or occupation, Defence Forces training can compliment your path towards professional development. Often there are opportunities to participate in training or engage in the practice of executing the roles and responsibilities of management and leadership at varying levels and scales.

Below is a sample of the courses that Reservists have the opportunity to do:

Basic Training

After attestation, recruits undergo a syllabus of training that seek to develop core skills in teamwork, self-discipline and leadership. Completion of the course will qualify candidates as 2 Star Privates. 

Military Skills 
Transferable Skills
MarchingSynchronised Teamwork
Rifle Skill At ArmsFine Motor Skill Development
NavigationSelf-reliance, reviewing drawings, understanding graphical representation and how it applies to terrain.
Section Level TacticsWorking in a small team (9 people) under instruction in high tempo dynamic environments

2 to 3 Star Training

In order to qualify at 3 Star level, Privates will need engage in continuation training which include but aren't limited to the following skills. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
General Purpose Machine Gun Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Tools
Combat First AidOccupational First Aid
Platoon Level TacticsMedium Sized Teamwork (30 people) in high tempo operating environment.
Public Order TrainingResilience and operating under stress

Potential Non Commissioned Officer

Normally the first step up the Defence Forces career ladder, the Potential Non-Commissioned Officer's course is designed to teach the fundamentals of leadership. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Method of InstructionPresentation skills - delivery, structure, format
Tactical Command of a SectionLead and manage up to 8 people, responsible for welfare, training and development of team.
Mission PlanningPlanning, preparing people and logistics prior to executing tasks under own autonomy. 
Receiving and communicating ordersUnderstanding superior's intent, extracting respective tasks and formulating them into a bespoke brief for own team.

Standard Non Commissioned Officer

To move from being a Junior to Senior Non Commissioned Officer, this course will prepare you for middle management.. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Platoon ManagementResponsible for welfare, training and development of ~30 people
Logistical PlanningUnderstanding a superior's intent and autonomously procuring and requesting material for set tasks.
Stores ManagementAccounting for corporate material movements and storage
Training and MentorshipSubject matter expert in set disciplines and training coordinator

Potential Commissioned Officer

Becoming a Commissioned Officer is the first step on the Defence Forces' executive ladder. This course is an opportunity to be trained by Ireland's premier school of leadership. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Platoon LeaderLeading a team of ~30 people through high tempo operations
Mission Planning and ExecutionUnderstanding superior's intent, developing and preparing detailed plans and articulating same to team(s).
Training Programme ManagementCultivating the team's skills, setting training objectives and deliverables.  
Receiving and Delivering InstructionActive listening, public speaking, presentation skills.

Basic Reconnaissance

Military planning is built on intelligence and intelligence is in part gathered through reconnaissance. Test your mettle and advance your infantry skills with this course.

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Advanced NavigationMap reading, route planning, orientation 
Small Team TacticsClosely working in sync with 4-5 people to achieve common goal
Physical EndurancePhysical fitness and mental resilience 
Observation and ReportingAbsorbing, recollecting and reporting activities in technical reports for superior executive consumption. 

Driving Course (4x4 + trailer)

Develop your driving skills and broaden the categories on your driving licence through the Defence Forces. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
First Line Vehicle InspectionMechanical safety awareness
Passenger and Cargo SafetyResponsible for lives and property in transit
All Terrain DrivingAdapting machine operating methods to the environment
AdministrationLog keeping, reporting and processing paperwork.

Regimental Signaller

Communication is the glue that binds military operations together. Learn how to establish and maintain communications in a hostile environment. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Deploying combat network radio systemsOperating and maintaining telecommunication equipment. 
Voice procedureProcedure based effective and efficient communication skills
Network controllerManaging remote field assets, escalation procedures, routine administration and reporting. 
Electronic WarfareUnderstanding and adapting to the changes of a contentious working environment. Technical troubleshooting. 

Physical Training Leader

Lead, develop and inspire our troops as a Physical Training Leader. Whether it's lifting weights in the gym or logs on the beach, here you'll learn to bring out the best in yourself and others. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Troop wellbeing Gauging the capability of the class and adapting the lesson to the benefits of all students
Physical Fitness ProgramsPreparing bespoke training programs for groups and individuals based on set needs of same or the company. 
Safe Conduct of TrainingConduct of risk assessments, risk mitigation, adhering to safety best practice. 
Lesson Planning and DeliveryTime management, presenting to a set format, delivering incremental levels of training. 

Specialist Instructor Course

Training the trainers, this course harmonises how instruction is delivered across to the Defence Forces and according to best practice. 

Military Skills
Transferable Skills
Mentoring and CoachingBuilding a trust based relationship that promotes professional and personal development.
Supervision of LearningAdult learning methodologies, performance analysis and feedback
Method of InstructionPresentation skills - delivery, structure, format
Assesment and Quality ControlDefining quantifiable metrics for success and supporting the achievement of set goals.