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Old 01-23-2014, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I saw this place while in Cork in Ireland visiting. and it got me interested in what their army might do. as I never seem to hear anything about them. are they just peace keepers..

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:51 AM
 
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I saw this place while in Cork in Ireland visiting. and it got me interested in what their army might do. as I never seem to hear anything about them. are they just peace keepers..
Yes the majority are used as peace keepers. The Irish have the highest number of soldiers killed in Lebanon of any group of peace keepers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Army
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Thanks Bernie, it was puzzling me as we never hear much about them..
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Home Defence inckuding Anti-Terrorism, Civil Emergencies such as Floods and the occasional UN/EUFOR Peacekeeping.

Although to be honest the fact that the Irish don't have any fighter jets does make their defence force little more than a token gesture. Whilst their Navy mainly carries out a custom/coastguard type function, and has a handful of patrol boats/OPV's.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Pérouges
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The Irish Army has been a regular and major contributor (for their size) to UN peacekeeping actions for a number of years and have built a decent reputation.

In 2006 when we were in Côte d'Ivoire they were in Liberia and there were some combined operations. They were a professional unit.

I remember they were very relieved when they found that a few of us spoke English, some of their French accents were wonderful.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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What does any army do?
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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What does any army do?
a job that most of us wouldnt even consider..
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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a job that most of us wouldnt even consider..
To be fair, life in an Army not constantly engaging in war is rather boring I know at least a hundred ways to clean and not to clean a tank now...
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I imagine it might be at times... my son was a marine and said he would never have seen so many other countries without the army, and thankfully he wasnt in any battles.
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