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The defense (2007) comprises about 10,500 men enlisted. The reserves amount to about 15,000 people. The army, 8,500 men, is organized into three brigades. The fleet disposes of eight combat ships and the Air Force 15 armed helicopters.

Military of Ireland

Ireland contributes to UN peacekeeping operations in 14 countries with observers and in Serbia with a company (KFOR). Ireland is alliance-free. Defense costs decreased in 1985-2007 from 1.8% to 0.4% of GDP. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that IRL stands for Ireland.

Ireland's defense overview

Ireland has no military service; all military personnel are permanently employed or recruited for at least three years at a time. Ireland has been a member of the NATO Partnership for Peace since 1999. The combined force figures for Ireland's armed forces are 9350 active personnel, with a reserve of 4050 personnel (2018, IISS).

The forces are easily equipped, and Ireland does not have fighter jets. NATO provides combat aircraft and personnel.

The army has a workforce of 7500 active personnel. Heavy equipment includes six light trucks and 101 armored personnel vehicles. The air component has a personnel force of 880, two maritime patrol aircraft, five light transport aircraft, eight training aircraft and eight helicopters. The sea component has a personnel force of 1100, eight patrol vessels and two auxiliary vessels.

Forces abroad

Ireland participated in 2018 with UN peacekeeping forces in Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) with four personnel, in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 353 personnel, in the Middle East (UNTSO) with 13 observers, in Syria/Israel (UNDOF) with 126 personnel and in Western Sahara (MINURSO) with three observers.

In addition, Ireland participated, among others, in the NATO operation in Serbia (KFOR) with 12 personnel.

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