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    If the interview is SD (No 1 or No2 ) understand the difference (ribbons mainly ). Ensure your fit is correct especially if its been a while to pull it on; get your Q working for you to get any clothing sorted out pronto or get borrowing rapid as it needs to look like a package.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    I guess anyone who is being called for interview has been notified at this stage?

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    Text of the RDFRA presentation to the Dail Committee 7 Feb 2019

    https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates.../2019-02-07/2/
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    It looks like I wasn't wrong about the pay discrepancy. There were a few doubters on another thread . It's interesting how something unknown last year is now the most serious new issue.

    Great to see it making it this far though. Positive signs even if it's only a start.

    'The most serious new issue involving the Department of Defence and the Reserve is the pay discrepancy that the Department of Defence has allowed to form between the Permanent Defence Force and Reserve Defence Force rates of pay. In the first instance, it must be highlighted that the majority of a reservist's service is unpaid; the best part of training takes place in the evenings and at weekends. However, reservists are entitled to payment when engaged in certain activities, such as full-time training courses. This payment serves to offset the costs associated with a reservist’s service in the Defence Forces, including those relating to mileage, time off work and ancillary expenses. However, for the periods of paid training that reservists undertake, there is now a significant discrepancy between permanent and reserve rates of pay.

    Reserve pay is tied to Permanent Defence Force pay rates by two ministerial Defence Forces regulations, R5 and S3. These clarify that reservists are entitled to be paid at the lowest point of the Permanent Defence Force pay scale for their particular rank. However, the vast majority of reservists are currently paid 18% less than the corresponding lowest point on the current Permanent Defence Force pay scale for each rank.

    This is particularly enraging for reservists. Not only did we suffer a pay reduction at rates variable by rank in 2009, reservists received an additional 10% blanket pay reduction in 2013. The Reserve pay rate has, in essence, been plundered twice and we are not even on a par with the lowest points on the Permanent Defence Forces' payscale. This has significant impacts for our existing members in terms of the costs associated with their continued and loyal service. It also represents an obstacle to attracting new members, particularly among young people who may not be in employment and who are not in a position to foot the costs associated with serving in the Reserve. RDFRA notified the Department of this breach of regulations last December and while we recognise that it is a complex issue, we have not been given an explanation, a plan to settle the arrears or an expected time to resolution. Our members are deeply frustrated by these delays in taking effective action and rightly question whether a similar attitude would be experienced were the underpayment to have been made to our comrades in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Reserve pay rates need to be realigned with their permanent counterparts immediately. However, RDFRA has serious concerns that such a pay rate realignment could take months or even years for the Department to implement, to say nothing of the payment of arrears.'

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    NSR Recruiting 1-30 March
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    t looks like I wasn't wrong about the pay discrepancy. There were a few doubters on another thread . It's interesting how something unknown last year is now the most serious new issue.

    Great to see it making it this far though. Positive signs even if it's only a start.
    DFRs R5 and S3 is the law of the land for Pay - they are ignoring it, RDF are not subject to Haddington Road and LRA, they are excluded.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    DFRs R5 and S3 is the law of the land for Pay - they are ignoring it, RDF are not subject to Haddington Road and LRA, they are excluded.
    Agreed. At least the exclusion has been raised however. Nothing may be done but it's better than being in the dark.

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