Combat Services Support College  




Combat Service Support College (CSSC)

The CSSC through its constituent schools provides instruction for Defence Forces personnel in all facets of Combat Service Support - functions such as manning, arming, fixing, fuelling and moving.
The CSSC is divided into schools which carry out the functions of training these personnel.

The Schools of the Combat Service Support College

Ordnance School
The Ordnance School provides instruction and training in all areas relating to evaluation, maintenance and repair of weapons and weapons systems, storage and handling of ammunition and explosives, and in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)



The Transport and Vehicle Maintenance School (TVMS)
Driver training and testing as well as instruction relating to fleet management, transport administration and vehicle recovery is the remit of the TVMS 


The Military Police School
This school trains Military Police personnel in all aspects of military policing, crime investigation and provost duties at home and overseas.


The Medical School
The role of the Medical School is to train medical orderlies for the Defence Forces and provides instructional training in ambulance skills, occupational first aid and medical support

Defence Forces Physical Education School (DFPES)
Physical fitness is one of the utmost requirements of any soldier. The Defence Forces Physical Education School provides a comprehensive range of physical education and sports events co-ordination. It conducts the training of unit physical training instructors (PTI's) under the auspices of the University of Limerick. It  also runs training courses in swimming, lifesaving and unarmed combat. It also monitors the annual fitness testing of DFTC personnel.


The Military Administration School
The provision of instruction and training of all personnel of the Defence Forces in every facet of administration, logistics, personnel management and clerical duties is the main remit of the Military Administration School. It also has a computer training section which offers a comprehensive range of computer and IT applications courses up to ECDL and beyond.

Defence Forces School of Catering (DFSC)
Defence Forces personnel are trained from basic  field catering to specialist and senior catering management in this establishment.

An icing sculpture of the Customs House created by DFSC

Hotelylmpia 2000

Left to Right: Capt. Manus Ward, Gnr. Martin Keane, Pte. Martin Bourke, 
CQMS Martin O'Rourke, Cpl. Paul Callery, Cpl. Pat Cunningham and 
BQMS Oliver Brady

CQMS Martin O'Rourke won a gold medal for Hygiene in the lamb dish and went on to win platinum and the overall Identity board trophy for Hygiene Excellence for the whole competition. This was only the second time that the trophy came to Ireland.

Cpl Paul Callery,who has appeared on TV on RTE PM, a veteran of both national and International competitions won a Certificate of Merit for his Senior Van Der Bergh Masterclass


Trainee Technicians
The CSSC  co-ordinates this scheme with various Institutes of Technology and FÁS for the training of specialist technicians and trades.


Training Schools

The Training Schools are the backbone of training within the Defence Forces.

With the reorganisation of the Defence Forces all the training schools have been relocated to the Defence Forces Training Centre.


Defence Forces Training Centre 
Curragh Camp
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