Monday 24 November 2014

Support urged for military facing exit after 21 years

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

A member of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) keeps watch of the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing from an observation post in the Golan Heights August 28, 2014
A member of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) keeps watch of the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing from an observation post in the Golan Heights August 28, 2014

A MILITARY association whose members face compulsory exit from the Defence Forces has called for support to help them find a new job, writes Tom Brady.

The affected group will complete 21 years' service next year and under a deal agreed in the mid 1990s are due to retire.

But Pdforra, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew in the Defence Forces, say the military management and the Department of Defence should introduce support measures for the personnel.

Deputy general secretary Ger Guinan said yesterday his association was seriously concerned at the prospect of some members being forced to quit their jobs without any level of support and urged immediate action.

He said the civil and military management were obliged to provide a variety of measures, including an agency to help with pre-exit training, advice and job sourcing.

Mr Guinan said similar aid was given to those, who voluntarily exited the Defence Forces in the 1990s, and this was backed up with additional severance payments paid to over 2,000 personnel.

Irish Independent

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