+353 (0)45 45 6691

RDFRA National Office,

Clarke Barracks,

Defence Forces Training Centre,
Curragh Camp,
County Kildare

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WHAT IS RDFRA?
  • RDFRA is the representative association that advocates on behalf of all members of the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve.

  • It is a representative association, NOT a union.

  • It is a non-political organisation.

  • It is governed by Defence Forces Regulation S7, the RDFRA Constitution, the RDFRA Code of Conduct, and the RDFRA Rules and Policies document.

  • Membership is open to all reservists, regardless of rank.

  • The Association's main role is to consult and liaise with the Civil and Military Authorities on behalf of the Reserve Defence Force.

WHY JOIN RDFRA?

  • Be part of the majority of active reservists.

  • Support ​your comrades in securing better service conditions for all.

  • Receive support from your RDFRA unit/sub-unit committee, Formation Committee, or National Executive Committee.

  • Obtain unbiased information on all matters relating to your service.

  • Avail of an alternate channel of dispute resolution if required.

  • Obtain a free RDFRA membership ID card.

  • Receive regular news and updates on a wide range of Reserve Defence Force matters.

  • The RDFRA Membership Application form can be downloaded here.

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Re-building of the RDFRA network nationwide.

  • Naval Service Reserve enlistment eyesight standards updated to allow persons with visual acuity grade 3 to apply.

  • Multiple corps choice selection online for new recruits joining Dublin city, Cork city, Athlone or the Curragh Camp.

  • Recruitment windows open during school/academic term time.

  • Weekend fitness testing for recruits/serving personnel.

  • Introduction of referee system to speed up Security Clearance for new recruits.

  • Implementation of RDF Recruit Liaison Officers to assist recruitment process.

  • Candidate Manager training for RDF personnel.

  • Shifting of recruitment PR focus to Social Media.

  • Approval for military transport to be used for carrying new applicants to/from induction testing.

  • Rigorous oversight of RDF financial matters.

  • Hollow Fibre / Snugpak jacket on issue to RDF pers.

  • Camelbak / Hydration bladder on issue to RDF pers.

  • Regular NCO and officers promotions where vacancies exist.

  • Publication of the RDF Employer's Handbook.

  • Return of the office of Director with responsibility for the Reserve.

OUR SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION (as per DFR S7)

  • Pay and allowances.

  • Conditions of service.

  • Entry criteria to join the Reserve Defence Force.

  • Performance appraisals.

  • Criteria for promotion.

  • Medical and dental benefits following accidents on duty.

  • Standards of training accommodation.

  • Procedures for redress of wrongs.

  • Provision of legal representation.

  • Application of Health and Safety at Work Act.

  • Clothing and Personal Equipment.

MATTERS OUTSIDE THE REMIT OF RDFRA (as per DFR S7)

  • Operational matters.

  • Disciplinary matters.

  • Actual promotions.

  • Official Defence Forces communications with the press

 

Why Join the RDFRA?
REPRESENTATION

RDFRA is fully committed to providing the best possible representation to each reservist. We liaise with civil and military authorities at all levels on your behalf.

Your Voice Heard

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PAY & ALLOWANCES

Service in the RDF comes with a cost. RDFRA will always ensure that you are remunerated correctly and fairly.

Financial Matters

02.

CLOTHING & KIT

RDFRA is constantly seeking to expand the scale of issue to reservists, and will ensure that you are issued what is due to you.

Issued Items

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