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Irish Defence Forces

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The Defence Forces (Irish: Fórsaí Cosanta, officially styled Óglaigh na hÉireann) is the military of the Republic of Ireland, which encompass the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Reserve Defence Forces.

The Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces is the President of Ireland. All Defence Forces officers hold their commission from the President, but in practice the Minister for Defence acts on the President's behalf and reports to the Government of Ireland. The Minister for Defence is advised by the Council of Defence on the business of the Department of Defence.

Aa of 2016, the Irish Defence Forces have 13,800 active duty personnel and 3,600 reserve personnel.

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