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Reserve Defence Forces

About Reserve Defence Forces

The Reserve Defence Forces are an element of the Defence Forces based on a volunteer ethos. The role of the Reserve Defence Forces is to augment and support the Permanent Defence Forces.

What's Involved

The Reserve is a part-time component of the Defence Forces comprising of volunteers who participate in Defence Forces training in their spare time. The Reserve consists of two distinct elements, the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.

The primary task assigned to the Reserve Defence Forces is to support the Permanent Defence Forces. This includes:

1. Augmentation/reinforcement of the Permanent Defence Forces
2. Provision of logistic support
3. Provision of armed escorts
4. Augmentation of Naval Service on fishery protection patrols
5. Staffing of Military Posts during periods of PDF deployment
6. Ceremonial Duties at national and local events.

Members of the Army Reserve are assigned to Military Corps, such as Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Communications, Engineers, Military Police, Medical and Transportation where they will receive specific training.

Further Information
Watch this video about the role of the Reserve Defence Forces
Visit to learn more about the Irish Defence Forces

What's required for this position

The Reserve Defence Forces are seeking men and women from all backgrounds aged between 18 and 35, who want to have a personal development experience while contributing to the security of the State.

Your time in the Reserve will bring experiences and challenges that will draw upon your physical and mental abilities and whatever you do for a living, you’ll find a unit in the Reserve that fits with your lifestyle, interests and skills.

Application Process
From 20th September, The Reserve Defence Forces will be accepting applications for the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.

1. Visit for further information
2. Complete the online application process. Further informations will be available on our website here
3. Closing date for applications is midnight on 31st October 2019

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  • Trades/ Operative/ Manual

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 3 years +

Hours required: 2hrs Weekly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Locations Nationwide

Other location details:
Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Sligo, Donegal, Letterkenny, Cliften, Castlebar, Tralee, Ennis, Wexford, Mullingar, Navan, Dundalk, Kilkenny, Mallow, Skibereen, Athlone, Boyle, Templemore, and Bray

Also available in these counties
Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview
  • Garda Vetting
  • References
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Supervision
  • Initial induction and training
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

You will become a member of a great team, you will learn new skills and have unique experiences.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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