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Strategy Statement 2015 - 2017
This Strategy Statement encompasses the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces and establishes the High Level Goal of the Defence Organisation.

Irish Defence Forces

The Irish Defence Forces consist of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and the Reserve Defence Force (RDF). The PDF includes the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps. The Reserve Defence Force comprises the First Line Reserve, the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.   The Defence Forces operate their own website at There you can find details on careers in the Defence Forces, publications, press releases and military archives amongst other information. An Cosantóir is the official magazine of the Irish Defence Forces and have a website at
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