Army Ranger Wing  

Army Ranger Wing









Army Ranger Wing 

The Army Ranger Wing is an integral Unit of the Defence Forces. Its roles are divided into Conventional Warfare and Specialist 'Aid to the Civil Power' roles. It also has an established role in the advancement of standards within the Defence Forces.

The Unit is officially designated 'Sciathán Fianóglach an Airm' , which is translated as 'The Army Ranger Wing'. There is no direct English translation of the term 'Fianóglach' so the designation Ranger is the accepted version. 'Fianóglach' links the traditions of the 'Na Fianna' (Legendary Irish Warriors) with the present day Irish Defence Forces (Óglaigh na hÉireann). Qualified members of the unit wear the Fianóglach shoulder flash insignia.

Unit Motto

Glaine ár gcroí
Neart ár ngéag
Agus beart de réir ár mbriathar

(The cleanliness of our hearts)
(The strength of our limbs)
(And our commitment to our promise)

The Unit motto is taken from an old Fianna poem and continues the link with which the name is associated.
It is written in the Irish language.

Unit History
In the late 1960s and early 1970s a small number of Defence Forces personnel attended American Army Ranger Courses at Fort Benning, Georgia in the United States. On their return, these personnel were responsible for organising similar type courses which were aimed at bringing standards of training throughout the Defence Forces into line with accepted international standards
Its Ethos
From its foundation it was necessary for the ARW to ensure that the highest standards pertained at all levels of the Unit. Motivation, training and operational flexibility are paramount to success. This is achieved by ensuring the highest level of individual proficiency allied to the C3 (Command, Control & Communications) function; all of which knit together to form cohesive military teamwork. Information on the numerical strength of the unit and the identity of its personnel is restricted.
Who can be an Army Ranger
Students on ARW courses are selected from among all ranks and all Units of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service. These courses proved to be very beneficial in improving standards of physical endurance, marksmanship, individual military skills and small unit tactics.


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