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  1. The IAA's primary radar's can pick up anything...

    The IAA's primary radar's can pick up anything moving over the surface and environs of the island unless they get very low and hide in the mountainous areas or stay right down on the deck. I've seen...
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    Surely the presence of a functioning drydock...

    Surely the presence of a functioning drydock would attract work from the oil and gas industry?
  3. Good idea. An inspirational figure, who survived...

    Good idea. An inspirational figure, who survived the Nazis to encounter entrenched bigotry at home and remained a modest, decent man throughout.
  4. Oh, Jesus, no! I want private soldiers who are...

    Oh, Jesus, no! I want private soldiers who are fit, interested, keen, willing to work hard without a "Union rules, Bud" attitude and regarding overseas duty as an adventure and not an endurance...
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    They should have taken off the hulls and refitted...

    They should have taken off the hulls and refitted the excellent chassis as trucks, GS, instead of letting them rot. Unimog trucks are highly prized for their ability to go anywhere, on a par with...
  6. the effin stupid DoD and DF. Ongoing stupidity.

    the effin stupid DoD and DF. Ongoing stupidity.
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    the dauphin cabin was too small for infantry work...

    the dauphin cabin was too small for infantry work and using a navalised helicopter for infantry work was equally pointless.
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    the Unimog truck is among the best in the world...

    the Unimog truck is among the best in the world but this was one of it's few failures.
  9. @nagrohmiti, that's when you tool up the...

    @nagrohmiti, that's when you tool up the lawyers....nothing makes a DF officer react when the possibility of a court case looms. That kind of shit happened several times in the Don when some...
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    They had too high a C of G for comfort but this...

    They had too high a C of G for comfort but this wasn't an insurmountable issue but no-one wanted to solve it so it was easier to dump them. How any credible army could **** up the best light truck...
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    VCD was an industrial relations disaster and the...

    VCD was an industrial relations disaster and the overrun was biblical. I knew one of the electricians who worked there and he said that the waste was eyewatering and he knew full well that the Yard...
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    Several of our Presidents have made strenuous...

    Several of our Presidents have made strenuous efforts to get the parades reduced and have had to argue the toss with the DF. Sometimes, the Brass insist on them happening.
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    fatter tyres for a start...

    fatter tyres for a start...
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    link doesn't work.

    link doesn't work.
  15. The one abiding characteristic of barrack housing...

    The one abiding characteristic of barrack housing for Privates is that it is invariably shit because everybody evades responsibility for cleaning and maintaining it and it has the lowest priority for...
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    An option that the UN should actively consider,...

    An option that the UN should actively consider, ie, when fired upon, reply in kind!
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    To some of the peaceniks, the concept of the...

    To some of the peaceniks, the concept of the Israelis doing some good for our lot is unthinkable. It's uncool to praise the Israelis, which leads to them shrugging the collective shoulder and saying...
  18. Well, danno, both Arms have only got one base...

    Well, danno, both Arms have only got one base each so a garrison mentality is built in. Haulbowline was, for years, one of the hardest places on this island to commute to. If you couldn't use the...
  19. It's the way of the world now. Ireland is...

    It's the way of the world now. Ireland is catching up with what has been commonplace in the US and Europe for years. The DF is changing from a garrison army where literally generations of soldiers...
  20. The fellas sleeping in cars thing could be sorted...

    The fellas sleeping in cars thing could be sorted in a week, provided someone takes the job head on and doesn't take no for an answer. It doesn't only happen in the DF. I've seen fellas kipping in...
  21. Time to either jack in the RDF or communicate to...

    Time to either jack in the RDF or communicate to higher office with actual examples. Clearly, someone in higher office has decided that there will be cutbacks and no issues and that the Q staff...
  22. PDFORRA have run out of things to shout about....

    PDFORRA have run out of things to shout about....
  23. because Q staff would have to get a shoe in the...

    because Q staff would have to get a shoe in the hole to provide clean bedding and safe and usable beds (not a guarantee in Irish barracks), because the job would get fobbed off by senior Q staff to...
  24. I don't know how it is in other barracks but the...

    I don't know how it is in other barracks but the Don always had enough spare bunks that a fella could kip down overnight if he needed to. Surely an average barracks still has some kind of clean,...
  25. There's no shortage of people who have gone from...

    There's no shortage of people who have gone from Aptce to Pilot in the Don........ In fact, my apprentice class has eight CPL holders and a couple of PPLs in it's ranks, me included. Most are airline...
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