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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    And the invite to attend only goes out the week before.
    To be fair, has this not been known about since at least the start of February. That's when first I hear about it. I didn't hear any unofficial confirmation until last week and have heard nothing official yet.

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    Yes, but apparently you can't just rock up to the event, you need to RSVP to ceremonial by tomorrow.

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    Also you must have access to SD1s..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    Also you must have access to SD1s..
    & Greatcoats
    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayern Fan View Post
    & Greatcoats
    Perhaps I'm walking myself into it but really? Unable to attend but I'd only heard SD1s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    Perhaps I'm walking myself into it but really? Unable to attend but I'd only heard SD1s.
    Yes the decision to wear Greatcoats or not will be made on the day by the Parade Commander.
    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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    You know all the great coats that weren’t issued in 2016 ???

    They were still in stores in at least 2017

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    I didn't even know I could be issued a great coat. I'm NSR and wasn't in in 2016.

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    Over coats are no longer issued in the NS or NSR, they are kept in stores and issued out when needed, if you need a coat for Tue then there will be one there for you. Officers will have their own coats.

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    Still waiting on my greatcoat that i put in for in 2016

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    The Bde Stores would need to request them from OCES

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    Quote Originally Posted by koppiteal View Post
    Still waiting on my greatcoat that i put in for in 2016
    Not gonna get one now.All Army overcoats are set to be recalled. De-Badged(unit/rank) ,laundered and then kept as pool issue for winter ceremonials.
    Rank will be worn on the shoulder and rank markings issued as appropriate(same design as the metal band member issue). Brigade flash only on greatcoat.

    At least that's the plan. They are deemed as too expensive for the amount of use they get to be personal issue apparently.
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    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayern Fan View Post
    Yes the decision to wear Greatcoats or not will be made on the day by the Parade Commander.
    Best of luck with that one. Won't be any shortage of bods who either (1) don't have one at all OR (2) have the previous pattern one (current pattern came into service around the 2015/16 timeframe)


    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Not gonna get one now.All Army overcoats are set to be recalled. De-Badged(unit/rank) ,laundered and then kept as pool issue for winter ceremonials.
    Rank will be worn on the shoulder and rank markings issued as appropriate(same design as the metal band member issue). Brigade flash only on greatcoat.


    At least that's the plan. They are deemed as too expensive for the amount of use they get to be personal issue apparently.
    Wow. No wonder DOD is rebating shed loads of money. Having said that, I can't remember the last time I saw a ceremonial done in greatcoats
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    Remember the old greatcoats we were issued with back in the 70,s they were literally a great coat kept you nice & warm in your old battle dress uniform & doubled up as an extra blanket
    Bohs till I die

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    42. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps reserves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17171/19]

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    43. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the degree to which regular training is made available to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps reserves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17172/19]

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    I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 43 together.

    The Reserve Defence Force (RDF) is comprised of the First Line Reserve, the Army Reserve (AR) and the Naval Service Reserve (NSR). The Government appreciates the service of the Reserve Defence Force and recognises its importance in contributing to Ireland's defence capability. The White Paper on Defence is clear that there is a continued requirement to retain and develop the RDF and confirms that its primary role is to augment the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) in crisis situations.

    The strength of the Reserve Defence Force, as of 28 February 2019, is set out below:

    Service Total Effective Personnel
    Army Reserve 1634
    Naval Reserve 125
    First Line Reserve 288
    In order to facilitate the voluntary nature of Reserve Service and to maximise attendance of Reserve personnel, training continues to be organised both in and out of normal working hours, at weekends and during academic and traditional holiday periods.

    The primary function of training and education in both the Permanent Defence Force and the Reserve Defence Force is to develop and maintain capabilities necessary to enable personnel to fulfil the roles laid down by Government. The scheduling of training in the Defence Forces, including the Reserve, is underpinned by an analysis of training needed to meet operational output requirements and capability development needs. A long term strategy is adopted with current planning horizons out to 2021. In addition the White Paper on Defence sets out a developmental path for the Reserve.

    Within the budget of €2.15m allocated to the Reserve, seven days annual paid training is provided for in respect of each effective member of the Reserve. The budget also provides for fourteen days paid training for all additional personnel recruited to the Reserve in 2018 along with career and specialist courses for selected members of the Reserve in line with Reserve priorities. This provision is sufficient having regard to the existing strength of the RDF and the voluntary nature of Reserve training.

    I am satisfied that members of the Amy Reserve and Naval Service Reserve are afforded the opportunity to avail of training and update their skills on an ongoing basis.

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    Happy 90th birthday to the RDF

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    9% increase in the amount of mandays used in 2018 (average was approx 19 mandays per active effective member)

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    How did it go today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    How did it go today?
    Wasn’t there myself by pics look good

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfmaga...h/33746409688/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    How did it go today?
    As always, made the boo boo's out of sight, but when it came to showtime, pulled together well.
    Bloody chilly though...
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    I was visible up the front lol had to sub in at short notice for someone who didnt bother arranging a replacement .... You could really tell the long service people in this organization they turn up to this kind of stuff.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

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

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    It was a bit strange seeing so many medals on a rdf parade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smegers View Post
    It was a bit strange seeing so many medals on a rdf parade.
    The USAF ADC had more medals on him than everyone on the parade combined!

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