Give the RDF a chance to help the nation

I WISH to contribute my thoughts and opinion on the ongoing dispute about the cost versus value of the (Reserve Defence Forces) RDF.

I think the first thing that seems to need to be reviewed, far more, it seems, than the DF’s budget, is the mentality of the hierarchy towards the RDF, more so towards the AR (Army Reserve). The potential that lies within the RDF is far greater than what we are given the opportunity to demonstrate.

The Government’s attitude towards the RDF is both degrading and disheartening at times, yet I still wear my uniform with pride, week in and week out. I am 24 and I have spent over a year with the 5th Inf PDF and over seven years with the 65th Inf RDF. I see, on a regular basis, the natural wastage of fit, strong and enthusiastic reserve soldiers due to the Government’s attitude towards the RDF.

In denying us the real ability to contribute to this great country in times of financial strain, at little or no extra cost, we are deprived the chance to show the public just how much use we can really be.

Ollie Dunne

Oakley Park

Kells

Co Meath

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