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    I noticed from articles in the meeja that two of the top brass appointments (those being the ones I remember!) both had battalion commands along the border earlier in their careers, along with UNIFIL commands. Does a border or UN command signal to those officers that they are destined for the top?
    Putting it another way...if a PDF officer gets a, say, RDF LSB command, is his career effectively over?
    "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

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    if a PDF officer gets a, say, RDF LSB command, is his career effectively over?
    Nowadays yes

    no matter what bull is put forth

    CO of an RDF Unit is now the golden handshale for a lad who isnt going on

    just have a look at your CO next time

    saying that not every Comdt wants to go- some just want to put there feet up

    and some are really great blokes
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

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    • #3
      Current Adj in clonmel was a CO of a RDF unit once. And his career is far from over.


      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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      • #4
        the new RDF or the old FCA

        Adjt is normally a Capt

        Co if a RDF Unit is a Comdt
        Last edited by hedgehog; 13 April 2007, 00:08.
        Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
        Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
        The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
        The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
        The best lack all conviction, while the worst
        Are full of passionate intensity.

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        • #5
          Adjudant inthe reserve cav is a Rf officr..Pf offiser is merely a liasion officer all the old days the Co was a PDf officer and the seniors FCa officer was change witha captian PDF being liasion officer, all though this has all changed,
          Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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          • #6
            I do notice a change in the age profile lately(since reorg). There are less PDF C.Os in RDF units, none in the corps units etc, and the age profile seems higher too.


            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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            • #7
              Supplementary question...which units are most sought-after for command when at home?
              Eg Z Bn is far more popular than X Bn
              "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

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              • #8
                To hijack this subject a tiny bit,

                one bit of advice given to me that i'll always remember is that if i ever was to join the PDF, do so from Dublin as it apparantly guarantees a better chance of an eastern posting (?)

                And lets face it, the farther you are from Dublin, the less oppertunities and equipment your subjected to.

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                • #9
                  Their used to be PDF captains with RDF units they served as either/or admin (not adjutant) or training (not ops) officers. Not sure if this is still the case.

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                  • #10
                    RDF postings - bearings ?

                    In the re-org of the RDF, many PDF Comdt appts were lost (12 in the South), as the CSS, AD and some CS units are now commanded by the RDF Comdt, with a PDF Capt as SO.

                    Many PDF Comdts as RDF Unit Comdrs have certainly advanced through the organisation into the colonel rank, noticeably in the South that I can relate to. The RDF is not taken as an advancement as such or doesn't appear as a 'tick box' on the AF451, but if you keep your copybook clean, it certainly helps !

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                    • #11
                      interesting

                      Interesting to see how armies are the same in many ways. In the USA in theory "all assignments are equal" as far as career management, however, in reality, some postings have more "informal clout" than others. In the Infantry, being a CO of a company in the Ranger Regiment or 82nd Airborne are certainly more desireable on the old CV as opposed to being detailed as an advisor to a reserve unit. Having said that, there are those who have done well despite the "equal" assignment, but if you read the CV of any of the general officers, the words "reserve component assignment" are strangely missing. Draw your own conclusions...............A

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                      • #12
                        Lt General Jim Shreenan did a spell in the FCA according to his bio on www.military.ie. He still managed to become a General.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by captain View Post
                          Lt General Jim Shreenan did a spell in the FCA according to his bio on www.military.ie. He still managed to become a General.

                          he was gick so he doesnt count

                          but the original point was

                          those lucky enough to be given the position as co of a NEW RDF Unit

                          in all reality wont be COS
                          Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                          Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                          The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                          The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                          The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                          Are full of passionate intensity.

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                          • #14
                            Sreenan was training officer to the 20Bn in Griffith Bks , quite some time ago ....
                            "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

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

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                            • #15
                              see first line of my last post
                              Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                              Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                              The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                              The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                              The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                              Are full of passionate intensity.

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