Out of curiousity, what is YOUR impression of the Irish Army/Defence Force? Or are there specific areas/capabilities that you are curious about or would like information on? Such a vague and open-ended question does not lend itself to meaningful answers.Just wondering what impression members of other armies have of the Irish DF.
There are about 8500 in the army/small air force and navy.I was intrested in your openions of the abilities of the Irish soldiers thet you may have met overseas.As for New Zealand,We seem to be in a reverse arms race with them as in seeing who can get rid of their army first.Sounds like a very small force in its infancy.
Or will it be another "New Zealand"
I have not met any Irish soldiers. But based on their reputation while serving in British regiments in WW2 etc, the reputation of Irishmen soldiers is rock solid.There are about 8500 in the army/small air force and navy.I was intrested in your openions of the abilities of the Irish soldiers thet you may have met overseas.As for New Zealand,We seem to be in a reverse arms race with them as in seeing who can get rid of their army first.
I'm afraid your prescription is not relevant to Ireland....However, in Singapore, a country the size of a pea, we had a different take on military.
Compulsory conscription into the military became a part of so-called "nation-building" by throwing people of different race and religions into the same units and forcing them to work together.
Does that sound like it might work for a young nation like Ireland?
Thanks for the info.Ireland is not a "young country": it is a very old country, with a long history & a long-established sense of national identity, despite usually lacking political unity.
No still north and south.Maybe some day though.As far as conscripstion is concernd Swerve is right.One of the main reasons the IRA got enough popular support to defeat Britain was that all through WW1 the British gov threathned to introduce concription.Thanks for the info.
I mistakenly thought that there is now some kind of "greater" Ireland nation where everyone is trying to work things out as one people.
True, but it has only existed as a modern nation state since 1921. Is that young in nation state terms? if thats the case then germany and Italy arent much older..Ireland is not a "young country": it is a very old country, with a long history & a long-established sense of national identity, despite usually lacking political unity. Traditional histories list High Kings back to 3000 years ago, & although most of those were legendary, historical records of them begin over 1500 years ago.
No chance, Ireland is officially nuetrell, and theres no inclanation to join NATO, if it did'ent happen during the cold war it is'ent going to happen now.3. Could/should the IDF be integrated into NATO. I've had the pleasure a while back to work with the IDF on a one-to-one basis and they were second to none.
I think so, but only the ARW, the rest use there own Irish DPM pattern.2. I was surprised to note the Rangers wear UK-style DPM (at least during training) (on their wiki page). Is this normal?
No idea mate.1. Can I ask? How long will Scorpians last?
I just love the description of what Ireland and New Zealand are doing as a 'reverse arms race!'As for New Zealand,We seem to be in a reverse arms race with them as in seeing who can get rid of their army first.
The RDF always march on Paddys dayI just love the description of what Ireland and New Zealand are doing as a 'reverse arms race!'
I don't have any real knowledge re the Irish Defence Forces, but during a visit to a town in Ireland about 6 years ago I was amused when an army reserve unit (including its officers) marched during a religious celebration in defiance of a government instruction, issued earlier in the week, that the military were not to participate in religious events. The unit was loudly cheered by the many onlookers. It certainly demonstrated a degree of independent thinking on the part of the soldiers although I always wondered if any of them were ever charged over the incident!
I take it this means that not being a part of NATO means not being obligated to particiapte in adventures ike Iraq or Afghanistan, thus no need for "heavy warfare"This may sound strange to many; the government says that as we are a neutral country we do not do "heavy warfare". What they mean is that as we are not NATO members we do not have any commitments that would require tanks, fighter aircraft etc.
Theoretically, to invade NZ or Ireland, enemy would have to mount a Falklands War-scale ops or bigger. Not so with Sweden or Austria.This of course is to neutral countries like Sweden and Austria difficult to understand as without defence agreements they have to rely on themselves.
Curious... So who is the threat?As an independant state there is a certain level of capability we should possess, even if the threat level is low. In the past we could not afford it, today we can but choose to spend our money on other things.