Training in the Regiment

As with other operational units in the 2 Eastern Command (later renamed 2 Eastern Brigade), the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment was often directed to conduct recruit training for new entrants into the Defence Forces. More often than not, after completing their recruit training in the ‘Regiment’ most young soldiers went onto complete their 3 Star courses within the same unit. Following on from promotion, it was also necessary for the newly promoted ‘3 Star Privates’ to succesfully complete their Artillery Gunnery Course. For those who stayed within the ranks of the Regiment, it meant that they would have been in training for almost 36 weeks. While not everyone who underwent Recruit Training with the Regiment stayed within its ranks, all who did agree that the experience was one that left an indelible impression on them throughout their military careers.

ORIGINS OF THE DF INSIGNIA

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914 as the official badge of the organisation. The Centrepiece is formed of the letters ‘FF’. These letters signify ‘Fianna Fáil’. The word ‘Fianna’ is the name of the ancient military organisation (circa 3rd Century A.D.) forming what then corresponded to the standing Army of the country. The word ‘Fáil’ means ‘Destiny’. One of the ancient names of Ireland was ‘Inishfáil’ (the Isle of Destiny) and ‘Fianna Fáil’ thus signifies the ‘Fianna (or Army) of Ireland’. The two letters are surrounded by a representation of an ancient warriors sword belt and a circle of flames which represent the ‘Sunburst’ - the traditional battle symbol of the Fianna. The words ‘Óglaigh na h-Éireann’ inscribed around the sword belt mean ‘Soldiers of Ireland’. No particular significance is attached to the representation of the star which was included to balance the design. OUR HISTORY