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2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (2 R IRISH) is the only Army Reserve infantry Battalion in Northern Ireland. The Battalion has a large footprint with bases across the province.

2 R IRISH has an outstanding reputation for both supporting their Regular counterparts and for deploying in their own right. Recently 2 R IRISH personnel have deployed to Ukraine, Somalia, Afghanistan and Cyprus, have supported the London Olympics and sent numerous Short Term Training Teams across the world to train foreign armies, including to Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Working alongside the 1st Battalion, Reservist soldiers have also gained specialist military skills, including advanced driver and heavy weapon training. The link between the Regular and Reserve Battalion is strong and it is common place for soldiers to attend joint training.

Training typically takes place on Thursday evenings and at least one weekend per month with a two-week training period once a year. Army Reserve soldiers are paid for all training they attend plus they will be paid an annual tax-free bounty if the relevant number of days are attended and training tests passed.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining the 2 R IRISH Reserves, telephone using the contact details below to arrange a visit to your nearest Reserve Centre, or call on us on any Thursday night between 1900hrs and 2100hrs to learn more.

Text INFO to: 07920232380 or speak directly with a recruiter or visit www.army.mod.uk

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