The Induction Process


Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through this website. The dates for the Recruit Competition are advertised in the National Newspapers 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.

Applicants may only apply for assessment in one (1) Army location within the Defence Forces, i.e. DFTC, 1 Brigade, or 2 Brigade. An assessment location will be chosen for applicants who apply for more than one (1) Army location. Their other applications will be rejected. Applicants should be aware that applicants for the Defence Forces can be posted to any location within the State.

Applicants for the Army may also apply for the Naval Service.

Fitness Testing

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.  This is a pass or fail test.  Once candidates commence the test, they will not be permitted to reattempt it as part of this competition.  Dual candidates for the Army and Naval Service will only be required to pass one test.  Additionally, dual applicants will only have the opportunity to attempt the test once:  if the test is failed in a Fitness Testing centre in the Army, this will also mean that the applicant has failed the fitness test as part of their application for the Naval Service.  Therefore the dual applicant having failed the fitness test in any Defence Force location, will have been unsuccessful in their application for both the Army and Naval Service.  

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Psychometric Testing

All applicants who are successful at the fitness test phase will be invited to complete Psychometric Testing. Full details of these tests will be emailed to all successful applicants after the fitness test phase is complete.


Candidates who are successful at the Fitness Assessment Centre 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
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • 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 place in a Recruit Platoon

The candidates who finished at the top of the competitions order of merit will then be offered a place in the Recruit Platoon they applied for.