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    Quote Originally Posted by batterysgt View Post
    Will these delay NSR replacement boats?
    Depends as to whether the funding for the two new ships is seperate or not?

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    Lads
    Quick question
    A former member with 9 years service is looking for his 7 year service medal. He has his discharge but never got medal. Who would he contact about getting issued his medal

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    Quote Originally Posted by koppiteal View Post
    Lads
    Quick question
    A former member with 9 years service is looking for his 7 year service medal. He has his discharge but never got medal. Who would he contact about getting issued his medal
    Unit Adjutant of his former unit would be the best place to start.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    Thinking out loud A19 Para 54 has a "former members" in it so when the unit is doing the medal return get the CS to include him on the list ; you may need to formally write to the Adj/OC/Admin officer as necessary though to get it formalised. If it was a disbanded unit you may need to apply through A Admin Sec DFHQ
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    Those returns are normally only sought once a year, both from como and epmo. Formally write to Bn OC, explaining your case, include your service no. and copy of discharge papers if you have them. That should help the clerks find your details. Dont be surprised if this was already applied for and was in your units stores. I know of at least three who tried to create murder that they never got their medals, only to be shown a copy of a letter sent to them explaining that their medals were into stores and ready for collection. Not all units arrange parades for medals.

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    Cheers lads.
    Ill pass on the info

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    I know of at least three who tried to create murder that they never got their medals, only to be shown a copy of a letter sent to them explaining that their medals were into stores and ready for collection
    "But that's my old address" - So why didn't you tell the Orderly Room of the new one ? Durrr........
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    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Covid-19 is having a negative impact on the future of the RDF. At a time when numbers are low, recruitment stopped and a commission to report next year there will only be a large net loss in numbers, those who loose interest because training basically stopped but will stay on the books for two years cloggingthe place up, those to retire on age, those who are fed up, not going to wait for the implementation of the commission report and leave.
    What will the numbers be like by March 22?
    Those with specific skills most likely to stay on, see the results of commission, if positive stat, if no real change some will leave and recruitment gets harder.

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    Not sure which thread to post in but looking for advice, do you need to seek permission to submit to this, if your comments are about operations etc and your saying your a serving member of the RDF.

    Former @dfreserve member @The_Irish_Texan will be editing an upcoming publication entitled "Defend, Protect, Serve: The Irish Defence Forces and Contemporary and Future Threats – an Edited Collection". Call for submissions now open. Great opportunity for RDF/AR/NSR papers... https://t.co/9M3FYSSclX

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    Technically there is a paragraph in A7

    Articles or letters by officers, non-commissioned officers or men, on matters having any bearing on the Defence Forces generally, or on any arm or branch thereof, and intended for publication in any newspaper, journal or book, whether over the name of the writer, or under a nom-de-plume, or otherwise by arrangement with the publication concerned, shall first be submitted in duplicate through the usual military channels to the Director of Intelligence for approval by the Minister
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    Thanks, to minister via DJ2 and CoC. RDFRA should include that on their tweet to be fair or some one could be in hot water.

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    According to The Times of London, we're done for come 2026...

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/r...ears-6x7fzgzkc
    What are you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that's your problem.

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    cue shooting the messenger round 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by ODIN View Post
    According to The Times of London, we're done for come 2026...

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/r...ears-6x7fzgzkc
    Anyone with access to the full text?

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    I think the NSR will be fine as you go to sea with ns. But I fear for the AR, I think it will get smaller and specialist only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batterysgt View Post
    I think the NSR will be fine as you go to sea with ns. But I fear for the AR, I think it will get smaller and specialist only.
    Those personnel who go to sea are few and far between.

    Also the same story with duties, i haven't seen the NSR on a base duty for many a year.

    Loads turned out when ships were involved in testing alongside (high profile and on PDA) but again since that ceased, i haven't seen many around.

    If the NSR mindset changed, they would be a valuable asset for the NS, and be developed past the Seaman branch only.

    I'd like to see any specialised skills with the NSR, being harnessed in a similar capacity to the reserve element of 2 Bde CIS Coy.

    The reserve must be fit for purpose, and not just dressing up in uniform for ceremonial and pictures.

    It can be, with a correct midset from the NSR and the NS.

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    we took another step backwards today with the Government not bothering to make the promised amendments to the Defence Act to allow overseas reserve service.
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    IMHO New R5 will be published to legalise the structural changes that are already there sine 2012 and to sort out the promotion/discharge issues. I reckon any changes to legislation RE Overseas will wait until CODF makes their recommendations.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    IMHO New R5 will be published to legalise the structural changes that are already there sine 2012 and to sort out the promotion/discharge issues. I reckon any changes to legislation RE Overseas will wait until CODF makes their recommendations.
    I'm all for reserve overseas service and I know there was a prior commitment but I can see the wisdom in waiting for CODF. Now if they recommend it, ignoring it again then would be unforgivable.

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    I'm all for reserve overseas service and I know there was a prior commitment but I can see the wisdom in waiting for CODF
    The proposed change from Chuck merely enables RDF travel overseas for small engagements not large scale troop missions . Don't mistake this as anything other than sheer could-not-be-arsed from the Department in the face of crying need. CODF will punt it for 24 months at the very least. R5 is the absolute least worry of any problems out there at all , merit based promotions for all ranks could be boarded tomorrow but theres a bunch of people who are convinced it will cure the gout. There is no rank ( apart from 2* and 3* ) that needs a change to R5 , and for those ranks we need to do a groundup change and move most likely to common core stuff like the Brit phase 1a and B

    every syllabus change recently has been someone doing "lets add some more cool stuff" without taking stuff out and its painful to watch


    Followup : I see a times article saying we can only be paid for training which is BS . We can be paid for ATCP and permanent service too and security duties. its all in R5
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    The proposed change from Chuck merely enables RDF travel overseas for small engagements not large scale troop missions.
    Exactly .... it was the Minister who made it about overseas troop missions.

    R5 is the absolute least worry of any problems out there at all , merit based promotions for all ranks could be boarded tomorrow but theres a bunch of people who are convinced it will cure the gout.
    Except look at what has happened with some promotions to Sgt. There is no uniformity.

    There is no rank ( apart from 2* and 3* ) that needs a change to R5 , and for those ranks we need to do a groundup change and move most likely to common core stuff like the Brit phase 1a and B
    How do you mean?

    every syllabus change recently has been someone doing "lets add some more cool stuff" without taking stuff out and its painful to watch
    Problem is that some of them are basic skills that every private soldier should have (afaik some are still missing). The RDF private today can now expect to be serving beside PDF and that requires interoperability of basic soldierly skills.

    More is being added to PDF syllabi with very little taken out.

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    Problem is that some of them are basic skills that every private soldier should have (afaik some are still missing). The RDF private today can now expect to be serving beside PDF and that requires interoperability of basic soldierly skills.

    More is being added to PDF syllabi with very little taken out.
    PDF Captive audience


    FCA private in 1986 expected to serve beside PDF as well (me, and did) , mounted the guard in the same way as the other soldiers beside me. Happened almost every year since. Not a great argument. Our syllabus can't be the same as the PDF
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    If there not then you must establish a very basic common denominator in training for RDF so they can be useful in a dedicated role ie secruity duties, there, sorted that one but as a member of the guard you must also be able to defend your post, watch over a prisoner, put out a fire to name a few. So I the Syllabus must be the same but broken up to suit RDF time. If not the cod should just recommend we all go to the civil defence where we can use our current RDF skills. Submitted my submission to COD a few days ago, includes some of what rdfra suggested but knocked most of it for something better and more realistic. Before people start, I was never asked by my Rep Association, through unit rep for any input to national executive and I don't know of any who were.

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    Before people start, I was never asked by my Rep Association, through unit rep for any input to national executive and I don't know of any who were.
    thats OK I wasn't either. You are perfectly free to put in your own submission.
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