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    Any further reorg will threaten all of us, not just the Infantry.
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    Deputy Lisa Chambers Information on Lisa Chambers Zoom on Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the number of additional recruits the Reserve Defence Force has taken on in 2017 with regard to all services; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54053/17]

    Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe I propose to take Questions Numbers 773 and 775 together.

    As of 31 October 2017 (the latest date for which figures are available), the effective strength of the Reserve Defence Force was as follows:

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    If anyone wants to plot strength vs time most of the numbers are in this thread
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    By Eric Schmitt
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    AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — When Navy Lt. William Conway is piecing together clues about a new Taliban or Islamic State terrorist cell in Afghanistan, he often falls back on skills he learned hauling crooks, swindlers and embezzlers into court in Chicago.

    Lieutenant Conway is not your typical military intelligence analyst. A former state prosecutor in Chicago, he comes armed for his sleuthing duties with a law degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Not to mention an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

    All of which made Lieutenant Conway the right person at the right time, despite his relatively junior rank. He arrived at this air command center in August on Navy reservist duty to lead an Afghanistan intelligence team just as the Trump administration was ramping up its air and ground campaigns there.

    “Working complicated embezzlement cases, it took a lot of time trying to trace individual transactions, how crimes had occurred or how a person was able to steal so much,” Lieutenant Conway said in an interview. “I use the same skills here, getting little nuggets of intelligence all the time — some important, some not — then weaving them together into a narrative.”

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    Good to see a now of total of 5 new AR sgts in DFTC since 2016 and now 3 new SCPOs for NSR

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    Approx 40 Captains promotions authorised (under 15 year rule)

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    I wonder how many months/years those promotions have been sitting on some Minister's desk awaiting a signature. While the organisation withers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audax View Post
    I wonder how many months/years those promotions have been sitting on some Minister's desk awaiting a signature. While the organisation withers.
    Its neither important or impactful. Promotion panels should expire. Have the course, in this case potential officers, as an essential requirement. Then go through a selection process of psychometric tests and interviews. Give young and eager blood a chance to rise to the top. It shouldn't be an almost automatic sure thing if you are in long enough.
    It is only by contemplation of the incompetent that we can appreciate the difficulties and accomplishments of the competent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bam Bam View Post
    Its neither important or impactful. Promotion panels should expire. Have the course, in this case potential officers, as an essential requirement. Then go through a selection process of psychometric tests and interviews. Give young and eager blood a chance to rise to the top. It shouldn't be an almost automatic sure thing if you are in long enough.
    100% agree - that rule should be done away with
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    Those promotions are a joke.
    Good Lt's who bust their asses all year around and who have the Y.O's course completed have been passed over by people who never show up except for the Officers mess Christmas dinner.
    Tea drinkers and time wasters when they grace the unit with their presence.
    A disgrace.
    And of course now those vacancies are going to be blocked by those people for years so the good Lt's cant move up.They will then get disillusioned and leave.
    Well done RDFRA. A massive own goal.Hope ye are happy.
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    40 Captains? What in the name of jaysus will they do with 40 Captains? does the entire RDF have a need for 40 as it is?
    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Those promotions are a joke.
    Good Lt's who bust their asses all year around and who have the Y.O's course completed have been passed over by people who never show up except for the Officers mess Christmas dinner.
    Tea drinkers and time wasters when they grace the unit with their presence.
    A disgrace.
    And of course now those vacancies are going to be blocked by those people for years so the good Lt's cant move up.They will then get disillusioned and leave.
    Well done RDFRA. A massive own goal.Hope ye are happy.
    It isn’t RDFRA’s regulation to change.

    Criteria is:
    - 15 years commissioned service certified by COS
    - attended annual training in 3 of last 5 years
    - satisfactory rating on 108s for last 5 years
    - recommended by GOC & DReserve

    I know at least 3 of those 43 and they aren’t as described, AFAIK all of whom have YOs completed (think some also have the Std Offrs Cse)
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    It isn’t RDFRA’s regulation to change.
    Of course it isn't.What doesn't help though is RDFRA lobbying anybody who would listen in order to progress the "competition" despite the fact that the whole process should have not taken place until the redresses were fully investigated. The people who submitted the redresses were asked to pause their redresses so that R5 could be amended. They agreed in good faith and then got shafted.
    RDFRA never backed their members who redressed as to do so would have been counter to the interests of the chosen few.That in itself is a disgrace.
    Criteria is:
    - 15 years commissioned service certified by COS
    - attended annual training in 3 of last 5 years
    - satisfactory rating on 108s for last 5 years
    - recommended by GOC & DReserve

    I know at least 3 of those 43 and they aren’t as described, AFAIK all of whom have YOs completed (think some also have the Std Offrs Cse)
    I know the criteria and I know what you are saying is true.A small handful of deserving people have made it through.But they are a minority. In my unit the people who got promoted you never see from one end of the year to the other. Paddy's day to ponce around the mess and the shooting teams.Other than that they are ghosts.

    How many of them are operationally effective??Can go on exercises?? Can competently lead troops and a re current on up to date TTP's??
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    I wouldn't agree that it is a small handful. I personally know 17 out of the 43 as being regular paraders. A lot of the names on the list are those Lts that you see doing the grunt work at every event over the past 15 years (Exercises, ranges, shooting competitions). By grunt work I don't mean swanning around drinking tea, we are talking about doing security, managing ranges, doing the administration, all that mundane boring shite that makes an event a success. The only disgrace here is that it has taken so long for this to happen, a lot of good/active Lts have thrown in the towel because of this delay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Of course it isn't.What doesn't help though is RDFRA lobbying anybody who would listen in order to progress the "competition" despite the fact that the whole process should have not taken place until the redresses were fully investigated. The people who submitted the redresses were asked to pause their redresses so that R5 could be amended. They agreed in good faith and then got shafted.
    RDFRA never backed their members who redressed as to do so would have been counter to the interests of the chosen few.That in itself is a disgrace.


    I know the criteria and I know what you are saying is true.A small handful of deserving people have made it through.But they are a minority. In my unit the people who got promoted you never see from one end of the year to the other. Paddy's day to ponce around the mess and the shooting teams.Other than that they are ghosts.

    How many of them are operationally effective??Can go on exercises?? Can competently lead troops and a re current on up to date TTP's??
    I haven’t seen the list and even if I had I wouldn’t know them all or what they have done or do

    As far as I know the competition was cancelled due to the fact that it couldn’t legally be held and still can’t be due to DoD.

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    15 years for promotion to Captain?!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    I wouldn't agree that it is a small handful. I personally know 17 out of the 43 as being regular paraders. A lot of the names on the list are those Lts that you see doing the grunt work at every event over the past 15 years (Exercises, ranges, shooting competitions). By grunt work I don't mean swanning around drinking tea, we are talking about doing security, managing ranges, doing the administration, all that mundane boring shite that makes an event a success. The only disgrace here is that it has taken so long for this to happen, a lot of good/active Lts have thrown in the towel because of this delay.
    Of course you wouldn't that would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.You an RDFRA rep??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ropebag View Post
    15 years for promotion to Captain?!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s complicated

    The Regulation has 2 basic provisions:
    - basically competition can be run and people can promoted to fill vacancies (criteria include min 5 years commissioned service (if I’m reading it correctly))
    - people can “automatically” be promoted after 15 years commissioned service

    However, due to Regulations not being updated there doesn’t appear to any provision for promoting people who have been commissioned since 1 Oct 2005
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    I am one of the 43 as most of you know. I have YO's and Std Offr done.

    The last competitive competition for Lt's was in 2012 , I competed for it, and it got cancelled in the reorg. There was nothing that could be done about this
    There are almost no captains bar these 43 in the force. Be that as it may, Apod has a point. There is nothing I would have liked better than to compete for posts


    Do we ( or any of the 43 ) get a chance ? No. There is/was no competition nor has there been since 2012 . There is currently a competition for Comdts ( again , thats the 3rd in recent times ) .

    Again, for context, some of those promoted have been commissioned since 1998 so 20 years to reach captain . THe majority there would have been happy to compete, and as B20 says we've lost a hell of a lot of good people through throwing in the towel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Of course you wouldn't that would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.You an RDFRA rep??
    Not for the last 6 years.

    It is extremely disingenuous of you to categorise all or even the vast majority of those who got the promoted as ghosts or waste of space based on the very small few that you deal with. As I stated before there are at least 17 on that list that are very active officers, who are effective, can lead troops (have been doing so for the last 20 years) and are current on the latest doctrine.

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    Went to the range two weeks ago, with 3 captains, 2 lts, 3 sgts, 1 cpl and 1 private (me). Last year there would have been 3 cpls, but I think that after just breaking 12 years since their stds courses, they have just given up, after not being promoted.
    Being the only private is not much fun either. Soon it wont matter whos promoted, as there will be noone to give orders to..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    Not for the last 6 years.

    It is extremely disingenuous of you to categorise all or even the vast majority of those who got the promoted as ghosts or waste of space based on the very small few that you deal with. As I stated before there are at least 17 on that list that are very active officers, who are effective, can lead troops (have been doing so for the last 20 years) and are current on the latest doctrine.
    I stand by my comments.If you can quote where i said ALL who got promoted are wasters I will defer to your opinion.
    Thing is,I didn't.And I even went further and acknowledged that there is a Minority who are deserving.Trell being a prime example.

    Also my opinion isn't being solely coloured by my own dealings with people but also from talking to reserve Officers who have the inside track on this debacle.

    So.Defend it all you want. Promoting people solely on time served(especially when they don't show up half the time) when there are younger,fitter,more competent and dedicated people who would wipe the floor with them if ye used a proper merit based system is a disgrace.
    And as i said before those people will soon quit and ye will be left with your ghost captains whose only qualification for promotion was being on the nominal roll!
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Promoting people solely on time served(especially when they don't show up half the time) when there are younger,fitter,more competent and dedicated people who would wipe the floor with them if ye used a proper merit based system is a disgrace.
    And as i said before those people will soon quit and ye will be left with your ghost captains whose only qualification for promotion was being on the nominal roll!
    Are you talking about PDF or reserve. Can't tell the difference.

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    Promoting people solely on time served(especially when they don't show up half the time) when there are younger,fitter,more competent and dedicated people who would wipe the floor with them if ye used a proper merit based system is a disgrace.
    I have to stop you there. The regulations do indeed provide for a merit based system for Capt, Comdt, Lt Col - agreed.

    Competitions, Boards and the likes, to make that merit based system work, cannot be formed until J1 in DFHQ direct the formations to do so.

    J1 is entirely PDF - there are no RDF people in that part of DFHQ - we get no say in these things - I think it is one of the larger gaps for us.

    Much as I'd love to put these competitions on - any time in the last 6 years would have been nice - its not in our gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    I am one of the 43 as most of you know.
    Congratulations

    Edited to add: This is not intended as sarcasm or patronising, but as a "well done" and to show respect to Trellheim for having the tenacity and commitment to achieve promotion to Captain, especially under the conditions described.

    Sorry if anybody interpreted it otherwise, especially Trellheim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    I have to stop you there. The regulations do indeed provide for a merit based system for Capt, Comdt, Lt Col - agreed.

    Competitions, Boards and the likes, to make that merit based system work, cannot be formed until J1 in DFHQ direct the formations to do so.

    J1 is entirely PDF - there are no RDF people in that part of DFHQ - we get no say in these things - I think it is one of the larger gaps for us.

    Much as I'd love to put these competitions on - any time in the last 6 years would have been nice - its not in our gift.
    You didn't say no to the third pip though did ya.Nor did RDFRA fight hard for a merit based system to be put in place.No.Too many auld sweat Lt's would have lost out so the status quo was maintained.At least until they all got promoted.NOW they will probably start looking for changes for the next round.
    Problem is who will be left to make captain next time ??
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