This article provides an overview of the training process for Irish Army recruits wishing to join the Irish Defence Forces (IDF).
2.0 Purpose of Recruit Training
The purpose of the Recruit Training Syllabus is to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry soldier with basic military skills.
Recruit training (aka boot camp, basic training or Phase 1 initial training) is fifteen weeks in duration.
It is followed by Three Star training and at a later stage by Trained Soldier Specialist Training courses.
3.0 Outline of Basic Training
Officer Cadet training is divided into four distinct phases of training:
- Phase 1: Induction lasting one week.
- Phase 2: Basic Training Period lasting six weeks.
- Phase 3: Tactical Training Period lasting six weeks.
- Phase 4: Final Training Period lasting two weeks.
3.1 Phase 1: Induction
Phase 1 is one week in duration and training includes:
- An orientation package;
- Medical intake processing;
- Adventure training;
- Information/motivational instruction;
- Personnel/logistical administration;
- Health and safety education and training; and
- Physical training.
Training takes the form of both lecture and practical demonstrations.
3.2 Phase 2: Basic Training Period
Phase 2 is six weeks in duration and training includes:
- Foot/arms drill;
- Rifle marksmanship (to include the Recruits Annual Personal Weapons Test), GPMG (to include the Recruits Annual Personal Weapons Test); and
- Physical training.
3.3 Phase 3: Tactical Training Period
Phase 3 is six weeks in duration and training includes:
- Tactical training that culminates with a five (5) day exercise in week 11.
- Section level tactics.
3.4 Phase 4: Final Training Period
Phase 4 is two weeks in duration and training includes:
- Final testing and assessment; and
- Passing Out Parade.
4.0 Assignment to First Unit
Recruits who successfully complete the basic training programme receive their Unit assignment in the last week of the Recruit course.
5.0 Recruitment Statistics
In 2016, the Army recruited (or inducted) “501” recruits from a total applicant pool of “4,807”, “477” men and “24” women (DOD, 2016, p.39).
DOD (Department of Defence). (2016) Department of Defence and Defence Forces Annual Report 2016. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.military.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/images/Info_Centre/documents/Annual_Reports/Annual_Report_2016__English_.pdf. [Accessed: 08 January, 2019].