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    Hi,

    I'm currently a three star private in the RDF who in the next year will be graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. Would anyone be able to shed any light if there's any opportunities in the RDF for engineering graduates like there are in the PDF. Thanks in advance.

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    As in a direct entry commission?

    See attached (this isn’t a restricted document)

    there is likely to be an AR Potential Officers Cse in the next few years
    Attached Files

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    • #3
      RDF Eng units are literally bare bones, with no real interest from the other side of the house to keep it going. I'd stay where you are.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Infy View Post
        RDF Eng units are literally bare bones, with no real interest from the other side of the house to keep it going. I'd stay where you are.
        Could be massive changes due to CODF

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        • #5
          Contact local engineer unit. They may be able to enlighten you

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          • #6
            Apply for the next AR pot officers course. There are vacancies in units right now. Only thing I'm not sure about is you might need to be an existing member of an engineering unit to get the commission. Someone else hear might be know better as I don't yet have a current copy of new R5. If your a member of RDFRA you can contact them and you can ask your unit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by batterysgt View Post
              Apply for the next AR pot officers course. There are vacancies in units right now. Only thing I'm not sure about is you might need to be an existing member of an engineering unit to get the commission. Someone else hear might be know better as I don't yet have a current copy of new R5. If your a member of RDFRA you can contact them and you can ask your unit.
              Is the link I gave you yesterday not the current one?
              For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post

                Is the link I gave you yesterday not the current one?
                It is

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                • #9
                  Sorry I didn't see the link yesterday.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by batterysgt View Post
                    Apply for the next AR pot officers course. There are vacancies in units right now. Only thing I'm not sure about is you might need to be an existing member of an engineering unit to get the commission Someone else hear might be know better as I don't yet have a current copy of new R5. If your a member of RDFRA you can contact them and you can ask your unit.
                    Would doubt it, if he has an Eng degree, which he hopes to next year. I can think of two different instances down the years where serving RDF members in a different Corps got a DE commission into the Eng Corps, based on their academic qualifications. So might not even need to do the Pot Offr Cse
                    "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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                    • #11
                      In 1Bde, the RDF engineering unit has not trained in the last few years. Ditto for the medics and PAs.
                      Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Truck Driver View Post

                        Would doubt it, if he has an Eng degree, which he hopes to next year. I can think of two different instances down the years where serving RDF members in a different Corps got a DE commission into the Eng Corps, based on their academic qualifications. So might not even need to do the Pot Offr Cse
                        Just to clarify is that DE commission RDF or PDF. His question was RDF.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by batterysgt View Post
                          Apply for the next AR pot officers course. There are vacancies in units right now. Only thing I'm not sure about is you might need to be an existing member of an engineering unit to get the commission. Someone else hear might be know better as I don't yet have a current copy of new R5. If your a member of RDFRA you can contact them and you can ask your unit.
                          I think I'm getting mixed up with Promotions, again I don't have the new R5, but you had to be in a unit for a few years to get promoted, that was to stop people jumping in and out again. I'm not sure if they same type of thing applies to RDF commissions. In this case, I'm assuming they are not in an engineering unit, so therefore can they be commissioned into an rdf engineering unit?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by batterysgt View Post

                            I think I'm getting mixed up with Promotions, again I don't have the new R5, but you had to be in a unit for a few years to get promoted, that was to stop people jumping in and out again. I'm not sure if they same type of thing applies to RDF commissions. In this case, I'm assuming they are not in an engineering unit, so therefore can they be commissioned into an rdf engineering unit?
                            You can be commissioned into any corps (with exception of engrs (and possibly Med)) as the COS sees fit - PDF or RDF.

                            New R5 - https://www.rdfra.ie/_files/ugd/ff48...0b7d175812.pdf

                            Last RDF Pot Offrs Cse had former infantry NCOs & Ptes commissioned into other corps including Tpt, MP, Cav,
                            Last edited by DeV; 1 December 2022, 19:25.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by IrishDelta View Post
                              Hi,

                              I'm currently a three star private in the RDF who in the next year will be graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. Would anyone be able to shed any light if there's any opportunities in the RDF for engineering graduates like there are in the PDF. Thanks in advance.
                              You could try but I don’t think you can apply as a non-graduate (yet) private.

                              Once you are an (actual) graduate (as in you at least have your results) no issues applying.

                              not sure about locations of vacancies though

                              did you see post 2 ?

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