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BBC report on Irish in the British Army

#3
That Bairbre de Bruine can fcuk right off! Fair play to those Irish lads who take the Queen's shilling, good men, can't imagine the Irish Defence force is too pleased at losing potential recruits though...
 
#4
The Irish Defence Force has no problems in recruiting as far as I know. I have cousins and friends serving and they love it. The contest for places is quite strong, especially in towns that have barracks. They see lads come back from tours with pockets loaded with cash (they get the full UN pay as well as their own salary), driving new cars and being able to afford houses without getting married.

A friend, a retired sergeant who had served in the Leb 6 times, Kosovo and Liberia once, often mentioned that he wished he had seen proper combat and not just peace keeping where he couldn't always return fire.
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
Royal Marine's funeral in Mayo on the 1300 BBC TV news today, escort in blues and medals. The times they are (perhaps) a -changing. Commentary included gloss on increasing Irish recruitment into the British Army.
 
#6
certainly a welcome change from the usual complete shite you hear, especially from the likes of that Sinn Feinn nob cheese. good luck em' i say!
 
#7
TheSpecialOne said:
The Irish Defence Force has no problems in recruiting as far as I know. I have cousins and friends serving and they love it. The contest for places is quite strong, especially in towns that have barracks. They see lads come back from tours with pockets loaded with cash (they get the full UN pay as well as their own salary), driving new cars and being able to afford houses without getting married.

A friend, a retired sergeant who had served in the Leb 6 times, Kosovo and Liberia once, often mentioned that he wished he had seen proper combat and not just peace keeping where he couldn't always return fire.
I have seen statistics quoted (sadly I can't remember where exactly, may have been the Irish Independent, within the last 6-8 months) stating that for each place in a recruit platoon, 8 people apply. For the cadet school, 24 people apply for each place. And now general service recruitment has stopped, so expect to see an even higher number of people heading up to Palace Barracks in the near future.
 
#9
QUOTE:Defence Forces News

3 November 2008
Careers update

Like all state organisations, the Defence Forces is required to cut its payroll expenditure in 2009. Consequently, recruitment will not take place at this time. The matter is being kept under constant review.

It is likely that priority for recruitment will be given initially to specialist areas such as Apprentice technicians, Cadets and Medical Officers. A review of the numbers leaving the Permanent Defence Force together with available payroll funding and other related factors will take place during 2009 at which stage a decision on General Service recruitment will be made.

In the meantime the Defence Forces will continue to accept application forms from interested candidates and these will be retained on our current register. Similarly, if you have already applied for a position, the Defence Forces will keep your application on the register. You will be included in the recruitment process once approval has been granted to fill vacancies.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in a career in the Defence Forces.

R. Malanaphy
Lieutenant Commander (Naval Service)
OIC Recruitment & Competitions Office
Human Resource Management Section
Defence Forces Headquarters

Phone: +353 (0)1 8042109
Fax: +353 (0)1 8042412
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 8360317
email: ray.malanaphy @ defenceforces.ie
web: www.military.ie"QUOTE.

Recent statement released ref recruiting freeze. Lets see how long this will go on.
 
#10
It baffles me, Bairbre de Bruin always has to get her dig in! ("I can understand that the realisation that they won't be asked to kill young Catholic people on the streets of Belfast might be less of a deterrent to people from the south," says MEP Bairbre de Brun.)

Yeah ok b****, whatever helps you sleep well at night. If you spent more time worrying about your own job and less time sticking your nose in business that doesn't concern you then you may be able to move on with your life, like a large percentage of the people already have in the North of Ireland.
 
#11
The Irish lads that I served with in the fifties and sixties were a fine set

of fellows,always pulled their weight and always up for a laugh.

Have just made contact with one of them from 1959 and we are planning a

get together.
 
#12
seaweed said:
Royal Marine's funeral in Mayo on the 1300 BBC TV news today, escort in blues and medals. The times they are (perhaps) a -changing. Commentary included gloss on increasing Irish recruitment into the British Army.
Don't suppose that you ave a link, do you? Was looking for coverage of this as my family is from that part of Mayo
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Well done those Irish lads for joining up. They'll learn soon enough, like everyone else learns soon enough, that the British Army is a professional and effective force and not in the least bit like it's painted by republican t0ssers and drug-dealing scumbags.
 
#17
Biped said:
Well done those Irish lads for joining up. They'll learn soon enough, like everyone else learns soon enough, that the British Army is a professional and effective force and not in the least bit like it's painted by republican t0ssers and drug-dealing scumbags.
Shhhhhhhhhh! For God's sake Biped, don't go around saying such things! :wink:
 
#19
Point to note is that the Irish Defence Forces don't tend to read from the same fuzzy green history book as the sort of people who think that Bairbre De Bruin et al are perfectly nice people who shouldn't be shot in the face.
 
#20
Imshi-Yallah said:
Point to note is that the Irish Defence Forces don't tend to read from the same fuzzy green history book as the sort of people who think that Bairbre De Bruin et al are perfectly nice people who shouldn't be shot in the face.
Not quite true. members of the Irish Defence Force hates the fact that the IRA use the same Gealic name Óglaigh na h-Eireann. I also know of at least two Irish Army soldiers who had contacts (shooting bullets - not formal relations) with the IRA on the Cavan Fermanagh border during the 70's & 80's. And don't forget who guards the cash in transit vans to stop the IRA drug gangs from snatching the loot - the Irish Army
 

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