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