The largest component of the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF), the Army constantly strives to recruit the best personnel. 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 differing challenges.
Officers are the managers, decision makers, and leaders of the Defence Forces. An Army Cadet engages in 15 months training in the Military College, Curragh Camp covering many fields of study before taking up an operational appointment in the Army as an Officer. The attributes of a good Officer include the ability to make good decisions in stressful situations, an interest in physical fitness and a sound understanding of military tactics. If you think that you have what it takes to lead Irish troops on a UN mission, and would like a career as an Army Cadet then:
The Enlisted Ranks account for the vast majority of personnel in the Irish Army. These men and women all have one thing in common, Recruit Training. 16 weeks of intense training go into making every Irish Army Private. In that time the Recruit is transformed from a civilian into a professional soldier of the Irish Army. Every day of training presents a new challenge as the Recruit becomes skilled in foot and arms drill, rifle marksmanship, fieldcraft and military tactics. If you want a career doing what others pay to experience, then rise to the challenge as and
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The modern Irish soldier comes fully equipped with top of the range equipment. Weapons, optical equipment and armoured vehicles all give the Irish soldier the edge on the battlefield. However, if this equipment malfunctions or operates at less than 100% then that edge can quickly disappear. To ensure this does not happen the Irish Army trains its own technicians to service and maintain the Army’s wide range of equipment. Apprenticeships are available for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics who learn to service and maintain the Army’s fleet of softskin and armoured vehicles. Alternatively the Army offers Apprenticeships for Fitter Armourers whose responsibility it is to service maintain and repair the weapons and weapons related equipment of the Army. If you think you could meet a deadline, in a high pressure environment, and at the same time be confident that your work won’t let others down, then why not
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