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    There is a tax credit available to cover polish...

    There is a tax credit available to cover polish and other incidentals. Did PDFORRA not win this concession from Revenue some years ago?
  2. Thread: Ebola Medal

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    The medals were issued to Irish personnel as...

    The medals were issued to Irish personnel as Orion pointed out. The international operational service medal was created after the NS started taking part in the Mediterranean missions, it also covered...
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    I don't think we have military attaches.

    I don't think we have military attaches.
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    I hope that is exactly what they do do. The...

    I hope that is exactly what they do do. The defence budget should not be used to supplement foreign affairs, IDA, enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia. The cost of the fuel should be cross charged to DFA
  5. Thread: FESSEF Medal

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    Interestingly the government authorised the...

    Interestingly the government authorised the national services day but not necessarily the medal
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    Me too, and I have been on the receiving end. I...

    Me too, and I have been on the receiving end. I have also know those who went to great lengths to frustrate the system.
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    Also back in the day they weren't ignored for 6...

    Also back in the day they weren't ignored for 6 to 8 months after applying. In my day they had you training during the security clearance period. Even in the 2000s there was a limited training...
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    Sticky: What?? And with all the effort we have put in :)

    What?? And with all the effort we have put in :)
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    Sticky: The last standard officer course was 2013. You...

    The last standard officer course was 2013. You can get over the chicken and egg thing by the following: From 2021 promotions from Lt to Capt will require completion of a YOs course, a course will...
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    Sticky: The NCO courses are regular enough but the...

    The NCO courses are regular enough but the officer courses are not run frequently enough to make them mandatory. The last notification I saw for a YOs course was 2015 (don't know if it went ahead)...
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    Sticky: I agree with all of the above. I get frustrated...

    I agree with all of the above. I get frustrated that I can get the same performance rating for just doing the minimum as I would do if I gave every bit of spare time I have to the RDF. Each...
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    Probably feck all knowing the DOD. If they are...

    Probably feck all knowing the DOD. If they are lucky the NS may have free access for their students
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    https://www.nmci.ie/aboutus That's not what...

    https://www.nmci.ie/aboutus

    That's not what the NMCI thinks
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    As DeV said you allowed wear your uniform to...

    As DeV said you allowed wear your uniform to church services. And if you are wearing your uniform wear it correctly I.e. don't throw a civi jacket over it.
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    Welcome to the world of modern communication. If...

    Welcome to the world of modern communication. If you interact with the public you need the various social media accounts. These are just the ones I follow.

    The official accounts
    @dfreserve...
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    That leaves you open to "a bad tradesman blames...

    That leaves you open to "a bad tradesman blames his tools".

    There is an element of truth in both statements. VADM Mellet has been underwhelming, there was certainly an expectation that he would...
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    https://www.thephoenix.ie/article/cos-mellett-to-h...

    https://www.thephoenix.ie/article/cos-mellett-to-head-eu-military/

    Excuse the paywall but this is the only article I could find. Yes that position was open in 2017.
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    Was this not rumoured the last time it was vacant?

    Was this not rumoured the last time it was vacant?
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    I agree and any I have come across bring a hell...

    I agree and any I have come across bring a hell of a lot to the organisation and often become the go to person for higher ups as they know shit will get done.

    However I have heard heard a few...
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    That is beginning to change and the more often a...

    That is beginning to change and the more often a CFR course is run the more that attitude will change.
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    Thankfully no :) But I have heard the reports

    Thankfully no :) But I have heard the reports
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    The same could have been said when the increased...

    The same could have been said when the increased the cadet class size to over 100.

    CFR should be a regular, recognised and encouraged route to being an officer. To do that you need to have regular...
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    Everything has consequences. If you have to...

    Everything has consequences. If you have to mothball 2 ships because of lack of crews then your ability to do "extra-curricular" overseas missions gets called into questions. Wait for the DOD's...
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    He is not the only one we have 9 (P61, P62, P63,...

    He is not the only one we have 9 (P61, P62, P63, P64, P51, P52, P41, P42, P31) :)
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    That was part of the idea behind the integrated...

    That was part of the idea behind the integrated reserve back in the day and hence it had a higher grat.

    While I have always been an advocate of making more use of the reserve I don't think it is...
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