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RIR - Pension

So I was talking to my brother in law the other day who is serving in the Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service) and leaving after 22 years service in the forces.

He initially served 5 years in the Regular Army and then transferred to the RIR and served 17 years, the regiment are all now being made redundant, however he got his 22 years in anyway.

He told me that the RIR are refusing to pay him a full 22 year pension because he has only served 17 years with them and that his 5 years regular army service will not count!

How ridiculous! So his first 5 years in the army (from age 18) is totally being disregarded! Surely this can't be the case?

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