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    Apparently the uniform itself is functionally...

    Apparently the uniform itself is functionally good but there were complaints about the 'corporate image' in that it made RN sailors look like mechanics and gas boiler repair men.

    Looks like a...
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    Also just want to clarify that I don't think that...

    Also just want to clarify that I don't think that the RDF should be a big earner for joiners. I think we can all agree that none of us are greatly financially benefiting from the organisation and nor...
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    Assuming we were to pay a quarter days pay for a...

    Assuming we were to pay a quarter days pay for a training night, I calculate that I'd still only see 7 euro (or less) after tax. It would work out to a max of maybe the equivalent of 11-12 training...
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    Generational differences is actually a huge one....

    Generational differences is actually a huge one. There are more options for young people these days. They are also increasingly fickle.

    Back in the day, they would turn up to the local FCA/Slua...
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    They aren't whalers. The design was inspired by a...

    They aren't whalers. The design was inspired by a whaler design but that's it.
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    Bulgaria is in a more 'interesting' part of the...

    Bulgaria is in a more 'interesting' part of the world and on the Black sea. Affordability isn't the reason why we don't have F-16s. It's a case of differing priorities. I'm sure Bulgarian public...
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    Sticky: I was just going off the top of my head. As I...

    I was just going off the top of my head. As I said, I'm newish.

    Point remains the same though. Why wouldn't someone want to challenge themselves with something a bit different to the usual annual...
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    Sticky: I guess this is because I'm relatively new to the...

    I guess this is because I'm relatively new to the organisation but would people not 'want' to do these courses anyway? Assuming someone has a full RDF career up to officer or SNCO rank, the number of...
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    Sticky: More regular courses can only be good for moral....

    More regular courses can only be good for moral. Very disheartening to hear the next promotion course is a number of years away I'd imagine.
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    Sticky: Should have multi quoted but on a mobile! I'm...

    Should have multi quoted but on a mobile! I'm open to be clarified by someone who knows R5 better than me but if there is a vacant position, let's say at sergeant. One good corporal hasn't the course...
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    Sticky: 100% agree. You can be doing everything for the...

    100% agree. You can be doing everything for the unit but you need to look after your own career and get career courses under your belt.

    Would you make Sergeant without a standard nco's course in...
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    Sticky: If there is no requirement for career courses for...

    If there is no requirement for career courses for promotion, what's the point of them at all. I think they should be mandatory.
  13. Billy Hedderman who released a book last year...

    Billy Hedderman who released a book last year transferred from the Irish Army to the Australian Army. Not an Australian citizen either but surely same deal with RAAF?

    He was a ARW officer to be...
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    CIT accredits the degrees. Quite common in the...

    CIT accredits the degrees. Quite common in the education sector. Similar situation with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and UL. Still separate institutions though.
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    Sticky: Similar issues within the NSR AFAIK. DF wide.

    Similar issues within the NSR AFAIK. DF wide.
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    Ah my common sense told me know. Just said I'd...

    Ah my common sense told me know. Just said I'd look for the opinions on here. Almost a question you'd be embarassed to ask in unit being honest!
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    Apologies for the ancient thread ressurection. I...

    Apologies for the ancient thread ressurection. I think common sense suggests what the answer is already but I'm going to ask anyway on the off chance I'm wrong.

    I am in the RDF and have a...
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    I think social media is a great tool being...

    I think social media is a great tool being honest. I have watched a few of the youtube and twitter videos put out by senior personnel in the British Army over the last year and while you should take...
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    Your son must have had quite the career. 16 AA...

    Your son must have had quite the career. 16 AA brigade is still a going concern is it not? Just no more Royal Irish involvement as in Iraq 2003.
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    Oh but we can't be getting our GDR covered in...

    Oh but we can't be getting our GDR covered in muck down in Kilworth can we?

    Much easier to spend days doing drill in too!
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    Reserve pay has made a national newspaper today...

    Reserve pay has made a national newspaper today anyway. Still not going to give the issue much traction but welcome exposure.
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    It's fair enough being able to take the time off...

    It's fair enough being able to take the time off but the problem is when the next round of promotions come up on work or you find yourself redundant. It's more nuanced than just making laws...
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    I agree with you to be fair. Resources in neither...

    I agree with you to be fair. Resources in neither the PDF or RDF at present for this.



    I don't think the idea that you would get an NSR seaman up to the same level as NS Commop was ever going...
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    I was thinking same thing. Is there a time of...

    I was thinking same thing. Is there a time of year when the those committees are voted in?
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    I often wonder if the NSR could provide more...

    I often wonder if the NSR could provide more value to the NS if we were allowed to train in Comms and logistics again. I think filling a mech's role would be too far but with the right courses, the...
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