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    Reserve Defence Force thread RDF
    I could not see any discussion in the sub forum on this so
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    Whats the current state of the RDF?
    How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
    How much does the RDF cost?
    What percentage of the DF budjet does it take?
    How effective is it?
    How could it be improved?
    How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)?
    Any talk of RDF going overseas?
    Whats its future longterm?

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    Whats the current state of the RDF?
    Realistically, about 3000 active members who regularly attend training. Relatively well equipped. The guns are as new as the PDF guns, the uniform is the same, the vehicles are(actually) the same.
    How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
    Awful. Some of the best people left without appointments, while the dead wood got the top jobs due to seniority. The most enthusaistic have gone on to better things. Empire building is rife.
    How much does the RDF cost? For what? Equipment or wages? There is a VFM review currently being undertaken. €4900000 in 2010 under subhead D.
    What percentage of the DF budjet does it take? DF BUDGET in 2010 was €694898000 so RDF is 0.7% of Defence Budget.
    How effective is it? It has no real role, therefore it is very effective. The RDF has never lost a war and the nation remains uninvaded since independence.
    How could it be improved? Give it a role, provide employment protection for those who want to commit.
    How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)? It has killed it. Like the PDF, the RDF survives on its members being given the opportunity to further their knowledge. The recruitment /promotion embargo has meant that even when the Lazy quartermaster finally retires, the best people for the job cannot advance to take over his old job and do it properly.
    Any talk of RDF going overseas? If the PDF isnt going overseas, the RDF definitely isnt going overseas.
    Whats its future longterm? Depends on the white paper providing it with an actual role other than assisting the PDF in repelling the invading hordes. It provides no other output(unlike the PDF) and is merely a drain on resources. Those who want to dress up and play soldiers now have paintball and Airsoft, so the RDF no longer appeals to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohville View Post
    Whats the current state of the RDF?
    Realistically, about 3000 active members who regularly attend training. Relatively well equipped. The guns are as new as the PDF guns, the uniform is the same, the vehicles are(actually) the same.
    How has the changeover from FCA to RDF gone?
    Awful. Some of the best people left without appointments, while the dead wood got the top jobs due to seniority. The most enthusaistic have gone on to better things. Empire building is rife.
    How much does the RDF cost? For what? Equipment or wages? There is a VFM review currently being undertaken. €4900000 in 2010 under subhead D.
    What percentage of the DF budjet does it take? DF BUDGET in 2010 was €694898000 so RDF is 0.7% of Defence Budget.
    How effective is it? It has no real role, therefore it is very effective. The RDF has never lost a war and the nation remains uninvaded since independence.
    How could it be improved? Give it a role, provide employment protection for those who want to commit.
    How has the budjet crisis affected the RDF(recruitment, training etc)? It has killed it. Like the PDF, the RDF survives on its members being given the opportunity to further their knowledge. The recruitment /promotion embargo has meant that even when the Lazy quartermaster finally retires, the best people for the job cannot advance to take over his old job and do it properly.
    Any talk of RDF going overseas? If the PDF isnt going overseas, the RDF definitely isnt going overseas.
    Whats its future longterm? Depends on the white paper providing it with an actual role other than assisting the PDF in repelling the invading hordes. It provides no other output(unlike the PDF) and is merely a drain on resources. Those who want to dress up and play soldiers now have paintball and Airsoft, so the RDF no longer appeals to them.


    You are having a laugh, they are poorly equipped and poorly trained, they dont even have a basic fitness requirment.

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    They still use bren guns and bofors guns for air defence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohville View Post
    Whats the current state of the RDF?
    You might want to recheck your post Dohville, it has at least one libellous statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deliverer View Post
    They still use bren guns and bofors guns for air defence.
    The bren was phased out years ago from AD units
    and the L70 40 mm bofors is a radar guided weapon
    used by over 60 countries around the world.

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    What ever about the FCA, the naval service reserve is a complete joke and should be disbanded ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deliverer View Post
    They still use bren guns and bofors guns for air defence.
    do they still use bren guns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Éireann go Brách View Post
    The bren was phased out years ago from AD units
    and the L70 40 mm bofors is a radar guided weapon
    used by over 60 countries around the world.
    deliverer has got so many things wrong in his short time on PIE that he must get the prize for the most uninformed poster here. He is not reliable and does not even check basic facts before he posts. He should be banned for deliberate misinformation or pure stupidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinemartin View Post
    do they still use bren guns?
    The Bren was finally phased out in the reserves by 2006, I believe. For a while there people were being trained in both the Bren and the GPMG, but I understand that the Bren is gone completely now. Dohville's post is a pretty good summary of the current state of the force. It's a real pity, as the FCA was an excellent institution, if flawed.

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