Irish Army

The Irish Army, known simply as the Army (Irish: an tArm), is the land component of the Defence Forces of Ireland.[7] Approximately 7,300 people served in the Irish Army on a permanent basis as of May 2016, and there were 1,600 active reservists,[1] divided into two geographically organised brigades.[8][9] As well as maintaining its primary roles of defending the State and internal security within the State, since 1958 the Army has had a continuous presence in peacekeeping missions around the world. The Army also participates in the European Union Battlegroups. The Air Corps and Naval Service support the Army in carrying out its roles.

An tArm  (Irish)
Cap badge of the Army
ActiveFebruary 1922–present
Country Ireland
Size7,310 permanent personnel (Jul 2016)[1]
1,840 Reserve (Jan 2019)[2]
Part ofDefence Forces
Engagementssee list of wars
WebsiteDefence Forces - Army
Chief of the Defence StaffVice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM[3]
GOC 1st BrigadeBrigadier General Patrick Flynn[4]
GOC 2nd BrigadeBrigadier General Tony Cudmore[5]
GOC DFTCBrigadier General David Dignam[6]
Deputy Chief of the Defence StaffMajor General Anthony McKenna