Reserve Defence Force thread RDF

Éireann go Brách

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Reserve Defence Force thread RDF
I could not see any discussion in the sub forum on this so
I thought I would start a thread on it.

Whats the current state of the RDF?
How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
How much does the RDF cost?
What percentage of the DF budjet does it take?
How effective is it?
How could it be improved?
How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)?
Any talk of RDF going overseas?
Whats its future longterm?
 


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Whats the current state of the RDF?
Realistically, about 3000 active members who regularly attend training. Relatively well equipped. The guns are as new as the PDF guns, the uniform is the same, the vehicles are(actually) the same.
How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
Awful. Some of the best people left without appointments, while the dead wood got the top jobs due to seniority. The most enthusaistic have gone on to better things. Empire building is rife.
How much does the RDF cost? For what? Equipment or wages? There is a VFM review currently being undertaken. €4900000 in 2010 under subhead D.
What percentage of the DF budjet does it take? DF BUDGET in 2010 was €694898000 so RDF is 0.7% of Defence Budget.
How effective is it? It has no real role, therefore it is very effective. The RDF has never lost a war and the nation remains uninvaded since independence.
How could it be improved? Give it a role, provide employment protection for those who want to commit.
How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)? It has killed it. Like the PDF, the RDF survives on its members being given the opportunity to further their knowledge. The recruitment /promotion embargo has meant that even when the Lazy quartermaster finally retires, the best people for the job cannot advance to take over his old job and do it properly.
Any talk of RDF going overseas? If the PDF isnt going overseas, the RDF definitely isnt going overseas.
Whats its future longterm? Depends on the white paper providing it with an actual role other than assisting the PDF in repelling the invading hordes. It provides no other output(unlike the PDF) and is merely a drain on resources. Those who want to dress up and play soldiers now have paintball and Airsoft, so the RDF no longer appeals to them.
 

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Whats the current state of the RDF?
Realistically, about 3000 active members who regularly attend training. Relatively well equipped. The guns are as new as the PDF guns, the uniform is the same, the vehicles are(actually) the same.
How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
Awful. Some of the best people left without appointments, while the dead wood got the top jobs due to seniority. The most enthusaistic have gone on to better things. Empire building is rife.
How much does the RDF cost? For what? Equipment or wages? There is a VFM review currently being undertaken. €4900000 in 2010 under subhead D.
What percentage of the DF budjet does it take? DF BUDGET in 2010 was €694898000 so RDF is 0.7% of Defence Budget.
How effective is it? It has no real role, therefore it is very effective. The RDF has never lost a war and the nation remains uninvaded since independence.
How could it be improved? Give it a role, provide employment protection for those who want to commit.
How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)? It has killed it. Like the PDF, the RDF survives on its members being given the opportunity to further their knowledge. The recruitment /promotion embargo has meant that even when the Lazy quartermaster finally retires, the best people for the job cannot advance to take over his old job and do it properly.
Any talk of RDF going overseas? If the PDF isnt going overseas, the RDF definitely isnt going overseas.
Whats its future longterm? Depends on the white paper providing it with an actual role other than assisting the PDF in repelling the invading hordes. It provides no other output(unlike the PDF) and is merely a drain on resources. Those who want to dress up and play soldiers now have paintball and Airsoft, so the RDF no longer appeals to them.


You are having a laugh, they are poorly equipped and poorly trained, they dont even have a basic fitness requirment.
 

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What ever about the FCA, the naval service reserve is a complete joke and should be disbanded ASAP!
 

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The bren was phased out years ago from AD units
and the L70 40 mm bofors is a radar guided weapon
used by over 60 countries around the world.
deliverer has got so many things wrong in his short time on PIE that he must get the prize for the most uninformed poster here. He is not reliable and does not even check basic facts before he posts. He should be banned for deliberate misinformation or pure stupidity.
 

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do they still use bren guns?
The Bren was finally phased out in the reserves by 2006, I believe. For a while there people were being trained in both the Bren and the GPMG, but I understand that the Bren is gone completely now. Dohville's post is a pretty good summary of the current state of the force. It's a real pity, as the FCA was an excellent institution, if flawed.
 

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The Bren was finally phased out in the reserves by 2006, I believe. For a while there people were being trained in both the Bren and the GPMG, but I understand that the Bren is gone completely now. Dohville's post is a pretty good summary of the current state of the force. It's a real pity, as the FCA was an excellent institution, if flawed.
used both myself in the 80s, loved the bren, handy weapon.
 

Éireann go Brách

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used both myself in the 80s, loved the bren, handy weapon.
Used both as well,, in some respects the bren was a better lighter machine gun than the gpmg. just as in some respects the
FN was a better rifle than the steyr. Strange how pistols, rifles and machine guns have not changed that much since 40s and 50s I mean look at the
browing 12.7mm machine gun that NATO still use, dates from the 1930's.



I wonder have any politicans served in the reserve in the past?
I remember John Bruton did.

I wonder do any of the parties have a policy on it (greens, sinn fein) ;)

Whats the rules and regs about DF personnel(PDF or RDF) and political parties again I have forgetten.
Are they barred from joining canvassing activity?
 

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Help me out.
I really do not know where the libellous statement comes from unless BvB really knows nothing about the military and reckons there is only one QM in the entire army when you referred to the 'lazy quartermaster'.

I am only on this board over a week and I got a ticking from a mod (Sync) for saying something about Callely that everyone is saying!!
 

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Saw that. My post does not identify any individuals, it merely generalises on an appointment, which is held by many, some of whom are lazy, others of whom are useful.

The point stands.
 

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I wonder have any politicans served in the reserve in the past?
I remember John Bruton did.
CJH was a commissioned officer in the reserve.
Former Minister Seamus Brennan (rip) & former Senator Toddy Byrne (commissioned officer) both served in the 5th Field Artillery Regiment in Galway.

This could turn out to be a very interesting list if we could get the ball rolling.
 

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CJH was a commissioned officer in the reserve.
Former Minister Seamus Brennan (rip) & former Senator Toddy Byrne (commissioned officer) both served in the 5th Field Artillery Regiment in Galway.

This could turn out to be a very interesting list if we could get the ball rolling.
David Stanton the FG East Cork TD is/was the Company Commander for the Midelton FCA/RDF Company. Billy Timmins FG TD was a PDF Captain.
 


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