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    That leaves you open to "a bad tradesman blames...

    That leaves you open to "a bad tradesman blames his tools".

    There is an element of truth in both statements. VADM Mellet has been underwhelming, there was certainly an expectation that he would...
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    https://www.thephoenix.ie/article/cos-mellett-to-h...

    https://www.thephoenix.ie/article/cos-mellett-to-head-eu-military/

    Excuse the paywall but this is the only article I could find. Yes that position was open in 2017.
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    Was this not rumoured the last time it was vacant?

    Was this not rumoured the last time it was vacant?
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    I agree and any I have come across bring a hell...

    I agree and any I have come across bring a hell of a lot to the organisation and often become the go to person for higher ups as they know shit will get done.

    However I have heard heard a few...
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    That is beginning to change and the more often a...

    That is beginning to change and the more often a CFR course is run the more that attitude will change.
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    Thankfully no :) But I have heard the reports

    Thankfully no :) But I have heard the reports
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    The same could have been said when the increased...

    The same could have been said when the increased the cadet class size to over 100.

    CFR should be a regular, recognised and encouraged route to being an officer. To do that you need to have regular...
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    Everything has consequences. If you have to...

    Everything has consequences. If you have to mothball 2 ships because of lack of crews then your ability to do "extra-curricular" overseas missions gets called into questions. Wait for the DOD's...
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    He is not the only one we have 9 (P61, P62, P63,...

    He is not the only one we have 9 (P61, P62, P63, P64, P51, P52, P41, P42, P31) :)
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    That was part of the idea behind the integrated...

    That was part of the idea behind the integrated reserve back in the day and hence it had a higher grat.

    While I have always been an advocate of making more use of the reserve I don't think it is...
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    It matters to them because the DF want them....

    It matters to them because the DF want them. Therefore it must be bad and stopped. The DF may have won the battle but the War is far from over.
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    The DOD must be rubbing their hands with glee....

    The DOD must be rubbing their hands with glee. Here is the perfect opportunity to put the kaibosh on any more new ships. Sure they can't man the ones they have so there is no business case for anymore
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    And then when the UN brokered a deal and sent in...

    And then when the UN brokered a deal and sent in a force of peacekeepers that included the U.K. and some of its economic allies. Just keeping it equivalent.
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    And if we had UK military based here, they did...

    And if we had UK military based here, they did patrols alongside the Irish DF and they got involved an internal dispute.
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    It may be a different republic that initially...

    It may be a different republic that initially colonised the country but in a lot of cases it is the same republic that existed when the country achieved independence. France does like to exert...
  16. Thread: Mali.

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    I am trying but I cannot work out what you are...

    I am trying but I cannot work out what you are saying here
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    People use that classification out of laziness,...

    People use that classification out of laziness, so much so that it becomes almost useless as a classification (But that is a debate for another thread). AFAIK it was published in Connect.
  18. Thread: New Generals?

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    D INF ...

    D INF

    https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/newbridge/424814/col-anthony-mckenna-appointed-deputy-chief-of-staff-operations-of-the-defence-forces.html
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    The HLPP is set up to oversee the implementation...

    The HLPP is set up to oversee the implementation of the white paper. So there may be similarities.
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    Sticky: That was the Samuel Beckett in Dublin. I was at...

    That was the Samuel Beckett in Dublin. I was at that.
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    Firstly the DOD is in total control of...

    Firstly the DOD is in total control of expenditure. It also has the authority to allocate underspends in one sub-head to other sub-heads as required. Whether or not the surplus returned to the...
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    So now it's come out that a significant number of...

    So now it's come out that a significant number of DF personnel didn't get their postal votes?
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    The have frequently teamed Defence with another...

    The have frequently teamed Defence with another full ministry. Remember Fish & Ships (Defence and the Marine). There is no reason why they could not do the same again and thus have Defence properly...
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    Impact of DF or DOD Policies

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/army-hit-by-disastrous-policies-claims-retired-commandant-1.3906271

    Interesting article in the Irish Times, written by a former (very recently)...
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    Because the military wanted it, so it must be bad.

    Because the military wanted it, so it must be bad.
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