Circular 51/1979 - 'Leave for attendance at training with the Reserve Defence Force' currently provides for up to 10 days of Special Leave with pay, depending on the duration of the training period, to attend annual or basic training with the Reserve Defence Force. Additionally, special leave with pay may also be granted in respect of any necessary time spent in travelling to and from the training. Civil Servants who wish to attend training courses with the Reserve Defence Force should be facilitated as far as possible consistent with the business needs of organisations.
There are currently no plans to update the circular referred to the by the Deputy. Any revisions to the circular would require consultation with both Civil Service employers and trade unions.