the induction process
Apprentices are taken in to the Defence Forces as required. The only way to apply for the Apprentice competition is when it is advertised in the national press and on our website.
Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through this website. The dates for the competition are advertised in the National Papers and on this website with applications only being accepted on these dates. All correspondence with applicants will be done through email for the duration of the competition.
All candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then be invited to attend a Fitness Testing centre, where they will be required to complete the Defence Forces induction fitness test.
All candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then be invited to attend a Psychometric Testing centre, where they will be required to complete the following test:
- Mechanical Comprehension
- Diagrammatical Comprehension
- Numerical Reasoning
Candidates who are successful at the Fitness & Psychometric Assessment Centres will be asked to attend for Interview. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under the following competencies:-
- Ability to work under pressure
- Career Orientation
Medical & Security Clearance
The top scoring candidates at the Interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination. In conjunction with this all candidates will be security vetted by An Garda Siochana. Candidates will be required to pass both the medical examination and security vetting to be considered for induction.
Award of an Apprenticeship
The candidates who finished at the top of the competitions order of merit will then be offered an Apprenticeship.
Takes place during the first day of enlistment, where the Apprentices are required to take the following oath / declaration:-
I........................................................................................., do solemnly swear (or declare) that I will be faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution and that while I am a member of the Defence Forces I will obey all lawful orders issued to me by my superior officers and that while I am a member of the Permanent Defence Force I will not join or be a member of or subscribe to any political organisation or society or any secret society whatsoever and that, if I become a member of the Reserve Defence Force, I will not, while I am a member of the Reserve Defence Force, join or be a member of or subscribe to any secret society whatsoever.