Are you interested in experiencing the life of a soldier? Do you want an active, challenging and rewarding life experience? Would you like to achieve this part-time? If the answer to these three questions is yes, then joining the Reserve Defence Forces might be for you.
If you are interested in joining the Army Reserve why not come along to the Open Day on Sunday the 9th November at the rear of King House in Boyle.
Recruitment is currently open for the Reserve Defence Forces unit in Boyle. E Company of the 6th Infantry Battalion are based in their training centre in King House, Boyle.
They are an infantry unit, meaning that the men and women of the company are ‘footsoldiers’, the backbone of all armies.
The unit also has a close working relationship with the Permanent Defence Forces based in Athlone, and 2015 will see E Company taking part in further joint training and exercises with their full-time counterparts.
The training is as exciting as it is varied. Firstly, you will train to become a private soldier in the Reserve Defence Forces, with modules in Foot/Arms Drill, Weapons Training, Fitness Training, and Tactical Training.
Once you reach this rank, there are any number of courses open to you, from weapons courses to driving courses and fitness instructor training (many of these qualifications are recognised outside the army).
Having met certain criteria, you will also be eligible to apply for further promotion to become a junior leader in the Reserve Defence Forces.
E Company parade twice a month in their home training centre in Boyle, and also train during longer field days – that take place roughly once a month on a Saturday or Sunday – in Custume Barracks, Athlone.
Further residential training camps – generally one to two weeks long – take place at different times of the year, though mostly during the summer period, in barracks and camps around the country. You will also be paid for attending these residential training camps. E Company recently took part in the presidential Guard of Honour outside the GPO for the 2014 Easter Rising commemorations in Dublin.
This was the first time that a reserve unit outside of Dublin had been tasked with this role and E Company were very proud to have been a part of these commemorations.
Members of the unit also took part in challenging tactical exercises alongside the Permanent Defence Forces during the summer. There is certainly a lot happening in E Company in Boyle.
To join, you must be between 18 and 34 years old (you can be 34, but not older). You will also have to successfully pass a fitness test, an interview, a medical examination, and be cleared by Garda security vetting. There are no specific formal educational qualifications needed.
Applications will only be accepted online and can be found at http://www.military.ie/careers/current-competitions/ (when making an application, to apply for E Company select the ‘2014 Army Reserve – Boyle’ application form). The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 November 2014.
For more information on the Reserve Defence Forces in general, you can visit http://www.military.ie/careers/reserve/join-the-reserve/