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Defense Forces

  • 17-05-2015 9:06pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5


    I have a few questions regarding the RDF, PDF and Civil Defense.. I would be thankful if somebody helped me out with them.

    1. If you join the Reserve, do you go over-seas? Can you still attend college and have a life at the weekends??
    2. What does the Civil Defense entail? What do they do and how do you join?
    3. Can you leave the RDF / Civil Defense whenever you want?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,028 ✭✭✭Lockstep


    I dunno about civil defense but in the RDF, you won't be deployed overseas. Only the PDF (Permanent Defense Forces do that)

    It's very compatible with a social life and college but it's not a doss either. In our company, we train one night every 2 weeks with occasional weekends away and a few weeks of full-time-training each year. If you prioritise, you can easily fit it in with college, friends and outside activities.

    You can apply to leave at any time, it's fairly straightforward.


  • Registered Users Posts: 174 ✭✭Doctor14


    Alex_01 wrote: »
    I have a few questions regarding the RDF, PDF and Civil Defense.. I would be thankful if somebody helped me out with them.

    1. If you join the Reserve, do you go over-seas?
    .....
    3. Can you leave the RDF / Civil Defense whenever you want?

    1. Being Pedantic. RDF have deployed outside of Ireland but you are talking 2 or 3 in 10 years, only on a very short term basis and not on UN missions - mostly exercises and training courses. Very select few. Don't join the RDF to go overseas in other words.

    3. You have to serve 3 years in the RDF (currently). However, if you stop showing up, you are put on an inactive list and discharged when your 3 years are up. You probably will not know that it happened. That may all change soon though. Getting out within those 3 years is not straightforward.


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