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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Rachel Grogan and Tomás Barrett, Garda Reserve

Garda Reserve Tomás Barrett and Garda Trainee Rachel Grogan give an insight into what volunteering with the Reserves is really like and how the experience helped inform their decision to join the full time force. 

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