International Pen Pals
University of Limerick International Division
Reserve Defence Force
Requirements:Eligible applicants over 18 must pass a fitness test, medical, interview and security clearance
The State has a long-standing policy of non-belligerence in armed conflicts that included neutrality in WWII, Ireland’s military capabilities are relatively modest. However, the state has a long history of involvement in United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
Functions of the Defence Forces include:
Preparation for the defence of the state against armed attack.
Assisting the Garda Socána, including the protection of the internal security of the state.
Peace-keeping, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations in support of the United Nations.
Policing the fisheries, in accordance with the state’s obligations under European Union agreements.
Miscellaneous civil contingency duties requested by the Government such as search and rescue, air ambulance provision, providing secure air transport for ministers, assistance in the event of natural and other disasters, ensuring the maintenance of essential services, and assisting in dealing with oil pollution at sea.
The Reserve of the Defence Force (RDF) is now fully integrated into the the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and its role is to augment the PDF operationally, however overseas services is not yet an option for reservists. Service in the RDF is predominantly voluntary, though members are paid for full time training (approximately two weeks per year).
The Reserve element of the Defence Force is now open for recruitment again. This is a great opportunity for students to gain voluntary & part-time public service experience.
For suitable applicants who pass the initial assessment tests this will provide access to unique adventure training and can enhance valuable life skills for example:
Personnel Management skills
First Aid Skills
Navigation / map reading skills
We have three reserve companies based in 1 Bn area of operations: D Coy Galway, C Coy Clifden and E Coy Ennis, where we have approximately 40 vacancies at present.
The commitment is approximately one weekend per month.
There is a commitment to make yourself available for a 2 weeks full-time period in July or August 2020 (this period is paid).
Is training provided?: Yes
Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.
Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Cathal Clarke
Address: Reserve Defence Force, Dun Ui Mhaoliosa Renmore Galway
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