Sorry to put these questions up as I am sure they've probably been answered many times before, it's just that I'm square eyed from reading through the 200 odd pages in the Garda Reserve thread.
I am one of the unfortunate many that is waiting for the next recruitment campaign having put off applying for ten years to get some "life experience". I'm not here to moan about that so to move on:
I am looking at applying for the reserve force, mainly because I am genuinely interested in being a reserve member but also because I want to give myself the best opportunity of getting through the application process for the regular force whenever that comes up. As we are all aware there are going to be thousands of people in my shoes whenever the next recruitment drive begins, all eager to get in, and I believe that being a reserve member can give that extra edge. I'm just being honest there, as I said I am genuuinely interested in the reserve force but I do have that ulterior motive also.
Anyway, my questions are;
1) Is it the "Interview Application Form" on the In Progress Campaigns page of publicjobs.ie that I need to fill out first?
1.a) If so what candidate number are they looking for or how do I get one?
1.b) Since you e-mail the application form do you need to scan in a photo of yourself or do you just show up with one on the day of interview?
2) Does the background check they perform for the reserves cover the same requirements for the regular force, i.e. if I got into the reserves and then went through the application for the regular force would they be able to use the background check from the reserves. I ask because I have a sibling living abroad and I wonder if they would have to go through the lengthy process this entails if they'd already done so for the reserves.
3) How does the allocation of station for the reserves work? Is it the same as regular force where you cannot be stationed in your home area or do they put you in a nearby station because you are not full time, for convenience?
Again, I am sorry to post these in a new thread given the answers are most likely available to me already in other threads. I would be very greatful if someone could answer these questions for me here.