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    Well, we do indeed live in interesting...

    Well, we do indeed live in interesting times......the Green Party actually calling for an increase in defense spending, shock, horror!!!!! What next, painters painting, cops policing....is this the...
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    Watched the hearing, RAOC did a good job, they...

    Watched the hearing, RAOC did a good job, they came across as an organization who cares about the DF (and by default their members) and how it is being allowed to wither on the vine. I was pleased to...
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    Interesting news day for the DoD, lays bare the...

    Interesting news day for the DoD, lays bare the complete lack of connection to defense matters by the leadership of the department charged with the defense portfolio. I see even a retired GO spoke...
  4. Overall I think MM did a good job, he stayed...

    Overall I think MM did a good job, he stayed professional, ,kept circulating back to the pay issue as a core issue and didn't give the Mick and Claire show any fodder. He came across as professional...
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    As pointed out above, in the US Army, bomb tech's...

    As pointed out above, in the US Army, bomb tech's are primarily enlisted. They are Engineer Soldiers by branch who volunteer for EOD. The Engineer officers leading EOD units also have to be bomb tech...
  6. Anzac, I agree, Ireland does have some niche...

    Anzac, I agree, Ireland does have some niche capabilities and I also agree those could (and should) be expanded. No, Ireland will never have a real force projection capability and we really don't...
  7. Anzac, those are good points about NATO and the...

    Anzac, those are good points about NATO and the EU. Europe is certainly different than it was when the Lisbon treaty was signed. However, short of a collapse of NATO and the EU taking on a defense...
  8. Useful statistic, and I agree with the posts...

    Useful statistic, and I agree with the posts above and am not optimistic about any real change in Irish defense spending. Trellheim & X Ray are spot on. Same old "sure we're neutral and everyone...
  9. Great debate all, Dev, I agree with your point of...

    Great debate all, Dev, I agree with your point of "can be we neutral anymore". That's my assertion, the traditional definition of neutrality in the 21st century is largely irrelevant when the threat...
  10. This article sums it up perfectly, especially the...

    This article sums it up perfectly, especially the "we're naive" part, no real foundation or understanding of the strategic realities of the world. I agree with the other posters who argue the public...
  11. While a debate might be a nice optic, unless...

    While a debate might be a nice optic, unless there is a significant shift in policy, especially the "Triple lock", I doubt much will change. The triple lock essentially surrenders Irish military...
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    In the US, 70% of our deployable medical assets...

    In the US, 70% of our deployable medical assets are in the Army Reserve. We recruit the various professionals actively, they do a four week "shoot and salute" Officer Basic Course and are directly...
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    I agree that "private for life" is not, nor it...

    I agree that "private for life" is not, nor it should be a career option. We have an "up or out system" for all ranks, you don't hit certain rank by certain timelines, then you are separated (kind...
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    Sorry, meant to add this. We have the same...

    Sorry, meant to add this. We have the same retention issues over here, people sign on, do a 4 year hitch and get out. It's constant churn of both officer and enlisted personnel. Re-enlistment...
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    The raw personnel numbers are only an element of...

    The raw personnel numbers are only an element of the equation. As was pointed out in an earlier post, effective strength is a more useful metric. IE subtract people on courses, long term sick leave,...
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    Yeah the rules are weird when a state uses their...

    Yeah the rules are weird when a state uses their NG for pure state purposes, every state has different rules. At the end of the day the Guardsmen are on state status, not federal military, so the...
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    While slinging a bridge might be a great photo...

    While slinging a bridge might be a great photo op, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. As was correctly pointed out, planning a route to avoid any population would be a...
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    It's the same here, even with Harvey. The local...

    It's the same here, even with Harvey. The local authorities request help from the State, if they have the capability, then good. If not, then the State requests the National Guard. If it's bigger...
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    Over here the majority of our rotary wing...

    Over here the majority of our rotary wing instruction is contracted out as is a lot of the maintenance. Most of the FI's are retired or exer's contracted on as civvie instructors, and incidentally so...
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    Ah, spoken like a true staff course student :-)...

    Ah, spoken like a true staff course student :-) Written a few of those myself, last one was for "Azerbijian" a fictional Middle East country. Depending on the level of the course you are attending,...
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    Exactly, the Times has oversold this "plan", it...

    Exactly, the Times has oversold this "plan", it was a simple exercise. When the govt. asked the DF "what would it take", this is the sort of response the DoD should have replied with. We get this...
  22. The above posting about there being no money,...

    The above posting about there being no money, votes or interest in defense is sadly accurate. Successive Irish governments simply wish away the international security environment problems faced by...
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    Easter commerations

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    Managed to make it home for the commerations, bloody brilliant. Wife & I had ringside seats for the Dublin parade and it was marvelous. Well done to all concerned. I was never so proud to be...
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    Lads, Joining this discussion a bit...

    Lads,

    Joining this discussion a bit late.........civvies are very "normal" over here, especially in Army aviation. At the Army Flight School, 70% of the flight instructors are civilian...
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    $2K gifts is a bit excessive, especially for a...

    $2K gifts is a bit excessive, especially for a recruit platoon. Over 'ere the regulations prohibit receipt of any gift with value over $200, and the regs. have the usual wording about "gifts that...
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