Irish Army lifestyle

#1
Alright guys/lassies, hope I find you well. Just a wee post to enquire how your lifestyle is as a soldier in the Irish army,as a private or JNCO. I know you are having hard times over there and myself and some of my collegues are really struggling to get by on our wages, and it made me wonder how you guys are managing. I considered joining the IDF when I was younger and to be honest after conversations with my OH I still do consider making the move over, as I plan to retire to Kildare as soon as possible anyway and I just wonder now if it would be possible financially. Cheers
 
#2
I'm no expert but I think you'll find the one thing the Eire army is not doing at the moment is recruiting.
 
#4
I'm no expert but I think you'll find the one thing the Eire army is not doing at the moment is recruiting.
Aye I know they're not, apparently it's the same with the Gardai, I know they are feeling things a lot worse just now I was over in June. I just wondered how your unifromed blokes get on compared to over here thats all. Cheers
 
#6
Bloodgroup
Stick with the micks for a while..the government are laying off civil servants left right and chelsea Recruiting will be a while off
 
#7
Bloodgroup

If you want to keep up to speed of recruiting or any other issues with the defence forces , there is a site that is the equivalent of aarse , its called : irish military online
 
#8
If your talking about retiring, you are too old to join the DF (even the Reserves).

There is very limited recruitment to any part of the Irish public service (including the DF) but the only redundancies in any part of the public service (and I think it is more voluntary early retirements) have been voluntary ones. There are plenty of people leaving and not being replaced!

About a year ago the Government introduced a levy on public service pensions (basically a contribution to their pension) which hit hard on top of the income levy (tax on having a job) and reduced tax credits. There are now a lot of public servants that qualify for the Family Income Supplement.
 
#9
Bloodgroup

If you want to keep up to speed of recruiting or any other issues with the defence forces , there is a site that is the equivalent of aarse , its called : irish military online
Cheers buddy I'll check that out. I am not in the Micks I'm a Jock and in a Scottish unit, just whenever I'm over there visiting the family I never want to come back!! It's just a possible change for the future I wasn't thinking of trying anytime soon like. It was just a general thought I had that the lads and lassies on the ground must be feeling the economy more than we are here.
 
#10
If your talking about retiring, you are too old to join the DF (even the Reserves).

There is very limited recruitment to any part of the Irish public service (including the DF) but the only redundancies in any part of the public service (and I think it is more voluntary early retirements) have been voluntary ones. There are plenty of people leaving and not being replaced!

About a year ago the Government introduced a levy on public service pensions (basically a contribution to their pension) which hit hard on top of the income levy (tax on having a job) and reduced tax credits. There are now a lot of public servants that qualify for the Family Income Supplement.
Hi mate, I am decades off retirement age, I am in my early 20's but with the way the gubment is screwing the pensions I am trying tae plan well ahead, and I find it harder to leave Eire every time I'm over despite being a weegie and a bluenose at that, but I love my job and the only other career which interests me is civpol so if we made the move one day it would be two paths I'd have an interest in.

Cheers for the insight into the situation there though it was just a genuine wonder I had watching things the last time I was over, but didn't bump into any DF to ask how they were getting on.

Hope yer all getting through it though!
 
#11
the Irish Army will be recruiting 480 soldiers in the coming months however - you might want to read this before you think of jumping ship:

THE DEFENCE Forces have been effectively exempted from the public sector recruitment moratorium, with recruitment now at levels not seen since before the economy collapsed, The Irish Times has learned.

Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter has said recruitment will continue in 2012. The renewed full-scale recruitment has occurred without any media attention.

Other Ministers may now seek similar concessions to the moratorium from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, which could cause Cabinet tensions in the lead-up to the budget.

Unions will also be likely to put pressure on the Government to fill vacancies in other areas, particularly frontline services. For example, in the justice sphere, for which Mr Shatter is also responsible, there has been no Garda recruitment since 2009 and only 14 promotions this year across the 14,000-strong force.

This is despite departures from the Garda set to reach 500 this year, almost twice the level seen in recent years.

A total of 290 new personnel have already been recruited across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps since the start of the year and a further 240 will be hired this month and next.

This level of recruitment has not been seen since 2007, when 565 recruits were taken in.

The full strength of the Defence Forces has traditionally been 10,500. This fell to 9,500 after there was no recruitment in 2009 and only 115 hirings last year.

The Irish Times understands Mr Shatter has secured an exemption from the moratorium by arguing if numbers fell any lower, the Defence Forces would not be able to meet overseas peacekeeping duties and domestic obligations.

Some 478 personnel left the Defence Forces this year, with at least three-quarters going early rather than on age grounds. This has necessitated accelerated recruitment to keep numbers stable at 9,500.

Military sources said the increase in early departures has arisen because hundredswanted to leave before the end of February, after which any public sector worker who retires will see their pension cut in line with recent pay cuts. Of the nearly 500 who have left this year, just over 300 departed from low-paying posts, with those who filled them likely to be significantly affected in their retirement by any reduction to their pensions.
source: Defence out of step as hundreds of posts filled - The Irish Times - Mon, Nov 07, 2011

as an Irish lad who left Dublin to join the British Army - although i love the place i have absolutely no intention ever to settle back there.
 
#12
What do the Irish Army do all day? There is no threat and they are not engaged in any expeditionary conflicts.

Even if Ireland is threatened with invasion their government surrenders by going neutral.

The Irish Army Officers I have come across as UNMOs seem to enjoy the good life and appear to avoid anything that would bring them remotely near a shot being fired in anger.

In fact it must be the best army in the world come to think of it - i'm applying now!
 
#13
What do the Irish Army do all day? There is no threat and they are not engaged in any expeditionary conflicts.

Even if Ireland is threatened with invasion their government surrenders by going neutral.

The Irish Army Officers I have come across as UNMOs seem to enjoy the good life and appear to avoid anything that would bring them remotely near a shot being fired in anger.

In fact it must be the best army in the world come to think of it - i'm applying now!
The Irish Army do the same as any other army day to day. They send troops on career courses, they conduct exercises and indulge in advanture training. One of their uses on a daily basis is assisting the civilian police force - the garda soichana by assisting in escorting some but not all cash shipments and can be used to escort terrorist prisoners. They also are the guard force for a prison that is used to house republican terrorists. Outside of the day to day routine they train for overseass deployments. They are currently serving in en masse on a UN tour in the Lebanon. They also have a commitment to the Nordic Battlegroup. As for expeditionary conflicts and their not being in danger - since 1978 they have lost 47 men in southern Lebanon during their various deployments there. Am sure the Irish army lads would be more than happy to accept your praise and best of luck in your application to serve with them.
 
#14
Having served in the Irish Army and having met several people who served in both the Irish and British Army it would be fair to say that in regards to basic recruit training the Irish army syllabus would be very similar to the British Army's recruit training.

Most of the Irish Defence forces tactics would be broadly based on that of the British army. The main difference would be in the area of military hardware available to the respective army's and military expenditure.

When not overseas the Irish army has various aid to civil power commitments, such as guarding a high security prison, mostly full of hardened Republican prisoners and high profile criminals.
Armed cash escorts in aid to the police service.
General training and annual range practice as well as all other typical unit specific duties.

Much the same as any other army really with the exception that Ireland do not officially participate in NATO led mission although they do have some observers within NATO commands.

Also the Irish army are becoming more active in EUFOR missions, Chad would be an example of this as is the upcoming Mali mission that is expected to come online were they will likely be operating side by side with the British Armed forces.
 

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