Naval Service Reserve

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Naval Service Reserve
File:The Crest of the Naval Service Reserve .jpg
Naval Service Reserve Crest
Active 1 October 2005
Country Ireland
Branch Reserve Defence Forces
Type Naval Reserve
Size 180 personnel[1]
Part of Reserve Defence Forces
Website Reserve Defence Forces

The Naval Service Reserve (NSR; Irish: Cúltaca na Seirbhíse Cabhlaigh) is the reserve force of the Irish Naval Service. It is one of two elements of the Reserve Defence Forces of the Defence Forces of Ireland, the other element being the Army Reserve. The NSR was established on 1 October 2005 to replace and reorganise the previous naval reserve organisation, An Slua Muirí, which in turn replaced the fore-runner Maritime Inscription founded in 1940 to act as a Port Control authority during the Emergency (Ireland).

Organised in five units, one each in Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Limerick, and another specialist unit, the NSR has a current approximate strength of 200 personnel, all ranks (49 per local unit, and 4 specialists). The reserve supplements the crew of vessels of the Irish Naval Service during patrols of territorial waters and overseas visits, as well as conducting stand-alone operations within their respective ports. All Naval Service Reserve members fall under the Naval Service Executive Division (Seaman's Division).

Enlistment is open to all EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 34, provided they are ordinarily resident in Ireland, can pass a medical examination, fitness examination, and are of good character, and also to non-EU citizens who have been continuously legally resident in the Republic for at least three years.

The NSR is a part-time, fully volunteer organisation, and trains members in aspects of nautical and military disciplines to supplement and aid the permanent Naval Service. Periods of enlistment vary and is initially for four years. Progression through the ranks is possible including a commission and promotion to the rank of Lt/Cdr.

Up to 14 days paid training may be undertaken by a reservist each year (Further sea training possible when demand arises). Reservists are liable to be called up on permanent service by ministerial order in times of emergency.


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