Join the Army

There are three entry levels for joining the Army i.e. as a Cadet, a Recruit or as an Apprentice. Each approach offers a different career path and rewarding challenges.

Army Officer (Cadetship)

Officers are the managers, decision makers and leaders of the Defence Forces. Officer Cadets or trainee Officers engage in 15 months training in the Military College.

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Army Recruit

Army recruits are the backbone of the Irish Defence Forces. They are the frontline soldiers of the Army. Recruit Competitions are held in each Brigade of the Army as required and are the only way to join the Defence Forces to become a Private Soldier.

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Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Defence Forces weapons and equipment. Apprentices undergo technical training at a 3rd level institute as well as in the Defence Forces for 4 years.

Read more about becoming an Army Apprenctice

Join the Army

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