Drogheda has a proud history of supporting the former FCA now Army Reserve and, if a career in the Reserve Defence Forces is of interest to you or someone you know, recruitment is now open across the country.
The Army Reserve Recruit Platoon of the 27 Infantry Battalion, which operate in Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan, have distinguished themselves among the Reservists of the 2nd Brigade.
The annual shooting competition, hosted in Athlone, put full-time and reserve Soldiers behind the sights of the various infantry weapons systems with the hopes of taking home gold.
Much to the dismay of the competition the 27 Infantry Battalion took home PDF Rifle Team Winners, PDF Rifle 1st Sgt. Loughran, 2nd Pte. Conway & 3rd Lt. McGuigan, PDF Novice Rifle Team Winners, PDF Rifle Novice 2nd Pte. Devlin, RDF Rifle Team Winners, RDF Rifle 1st Lt. McNamara, RDF Novice Rifle Team Winners, RDF Novice Rifle 2nd Pte. Duffy & 3rd Cpl. Keane, PDF Pistol Team Winners, PDF Pistol 1st Cpl. Woods & 3rd Cpl. Curtis.
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The successful reserve Novice Rifle and Falling Plates teams consisted primarily of soldiers from the 2018 Recruit Platoon. Quite a feat considering they would have previously only fired on four occasions, and only 12 months ago had only just begun their first tentative lessons in marksmanship. Along with training on the rifle the recruits would also have endured a robust syllabus containing lessons on tactics, fieldcraft, footdrill, and ceremonial arms drill. Culminating in a passing out parade which saw them receive their promotion to Two Star Private Soldier, observed by their family and friends.
Despite the demand of military training, reservists continue to hold full-time jobs outside of the Defence Forces. Some professions include a bank manager, a tailor, quality inspector, engineers of various disciplines, carpenters, business owners, school teachers, to name only a few. They come from various backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities but regardless form bonds throughout their training that will last a lifetime.
The Defence Forces core values are respect, loyalty, selflessness, physical courage, moral courage and integrity. Every aspect of the recruit training embodies these values and recruits quickly assimilate them into their own civilian lives, displaying how military service can be a direct benefit to the individual and society as a whole. Private Duffy had this to say, “You bring those skills into your work with you. Reservists become experienced at working under pressure, because that's part of our everyday training.”
The 27 Infantry Battalion operate in Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan with training locations in Dundalk, Navan and Cavan. To find out more go to military.ie or make your way down to the Army Reserve Recruitment open day in Aiken Barracks Dundalk on the 20th of April at 1400-1600hrs.
Raise your sights and be part of something bigger. Strengthen the nation.