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A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the ‘National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, at Merrion Square park, Dublin during July and August.

Ceremonies will take place at Merrion Square Park, every Saturday from 19th July to Saturday 23rd August 2014.

Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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Army Cadets

INDUCTION

The Army Cadet Competition is held annually. Details of the eligibility criteria can be seen here. Candidates undergo psychometric testing, a fitness test and group assessment. If successful to this point they will be called to complete an interview and a medical exam. The Induction Process will determine if you have the potential to lead troops as an Army Line Officer.

TRAINING

The purpose of Cadet training is to develop leaders of character and competence. The training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, is as mentally challenging as it is physically demanding. Cadets who become Young Officers, are not only expected to be leaders in the Army but are expected to be excellent soldiers.
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RATES OF PAY

Cadets receive a salary from the day they are enlisted and begin training. On receiving a commission and depending on whether they are commissioned as a Lt or 2/Lt the pay scale changes from that of the Cadet. Graduates are commissioned as Lts, while non graduates are commissioned as 2/Lts.
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CAREER PROGRESSION

Young Officers are assigned to an Army Corps and over time become a fully qualified officer of that Corps. New officers must adjust quickly to the responsibilities of commanding troops.
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Army Recruits

INDUCTION

Recruit Competitions are held in each Brigade of the Army as required. Candidates undergo fitness testing, psychometric testing, an interview and a medical exam.
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TRAINING

The Recruit Training Syllabus and subsequent Two Star Training Syllabus are designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Infantry Soldier. This training is the foundation on which on which specialist and Corps training is developed.
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RATES OF PAY

Recruits are paid from the day that they join the Defence Forces. Your future pay scale will depend on how far you progress up through the ranks.
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CAREER PROGRESSION

Newly qualified Private Soldiers are encouraged to put themselves forward for further courses in the Army that will enable them to develop their skills and allow them to deploy overseas.

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Naval Cadets

INDUCTION

The Naval Service Cadet Competition is held annually. Details of the eligibility criteria can be seen here. Candidates undergo psychometric testing, a medical, a fitness test and group assessment. If successful to this point they will be called to complete an interview and a medical exam. This process will determine if you have the potential to take command of a Naval vessel or, if you have applied as an Engineering Branch Cadet, if you have what it takes to keep a ship operational and habitable.

TRAINING

Naval Service Cadets are expected to attain skills and qualifications that will allow them to carry out the duties of an Ensign/Sub/Lt. Initial Training takes approximately 2 years. The first 3 months are spent in The Cadet School, Military College Co Kildare learning basic military skills. The remainder of their Cadetship is spent in the Naval Base Haulbowline, on board Naval vessels at sea and in the National Maritime College of Ireland. 
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RATES OF PAY

Cadets receive a salary from the day they are enlisted and begin training. On receiving a commission and depending on whether they are commissioned as a Sub-Lt or Ensign the pay scale rises from that of the Cadet. Graduates are commissioned as Sub-Lts, while non graduates are commissioned as Ensigns. A patrol duty allowance is also payable to Cadets when at sea.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Naval Service Officers fall under 2 distinct groups: Operations Branch and Engineering Branch. Each Branch requires officers to develop their academic and experienced based knowledge at sea and in shore appointments. Naval Service Officers continuously develop skills, at every level, that enable them to meet the challenges faced on a daily basis, both on land and at sea.
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Naval Recruits

INDUCTION

Recruit Competitions are held in the Naval Service as required and are the only way to join the Defence Forces to become an Ordinary Seaman. Candidates undergo fitness testing, psychometric testing, an interview and a medical exam. The Induction Process will determine if you have the potential to become a Seaman in the Navy.

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TRAINING

Naval Service Recruits completed 18 weeks basic training in military and naval skills. It is designed produce physically fit, disciplined and motivated personnel with basic military skills. An Ordinary Rating – which is the rank attained by someone who completes basic training – go on to develop further specialist skills.

RATES OF PAY

Recruits in the Naval Service are paid from the day that they join the Defence Forces. Your future pay scale will depend on how far you progress up the ranks.
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CAREER PROGRESSION

Newly qualified Ordinary Seaman are encouraged to put themselves forward for further courses in the Naval Service and in the wider Defence Forces. There are a multitude of career paths and areas to specialise in.

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Air Corps Personnel

INDUCTION

Recruit Competitions are held by the Defence Forces as required and are the only way to join the Defence Forces to become a Recruit. The assessment process involves candidates undergoing fitness testing, psychometric testing, an interview and a medical exam. The Induction Process will determine if you have the potential to become an Airman in the Air Corps.

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TRAINING

The Recruit Training Syllabus and subsequent Two Star Training Syllabus are designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Infantry Soldier. This training is the foundation on which on which specialist and Corps training is developed.

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RATES OF PAY

Recruits are paid from the day that they join the Defence Forces. Your future pay scale will depend on how far you progress up along the ranks.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Newly qualified Airmen are encouraged to put themselves forward for further courses in the Air Corps and wider Defence Forces. There are a multitude of career paths and areas to specialise in. 

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Air Corps Cadets

INDUCTION

The Competition to become an Air Corps Cadet is held annually.  Candidates undergo psychometric testing, a fitness test and group assessment. If successful to this point they will also complete further tests such as psychomotor tests, an interview and a medical exam. Candidates are tested in terms of their mental and physical suitability to become a Military Aviator.  

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TRAINING

Training from start to finish takes approximately 36 months:  7 months are spent in The Cadet School, The Military College, where Air Corps Cadets learn basic military skills and develop their leadership ability.  The remainder of their Cadetship is spent in Baldonnel where they study and are trained to become a Military Aviator.

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RATES OF PAY

Cadets receive a salary from the day they are enlisted and begin training. On receiving a commission and depending on whether they are commissioned as a Lt or 2/Lt the pay scale changes from that of the Cadet.  Graduates are commissioned as Lts, while non graduates are commissioned as 2/Lts. An Officer or Cadet who is engaged in flying duties is also paid flying pay

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CAREER PROGRESSION

After commissioning, the Air Corps Officer will choose between specialising in fixed wing aircraft or rotary aircraft. Depending on this decision they may find themselves, for example, flying as a military aviator on the Government Jet or a state of the art medium lift helicopter in an Air Ambulance role.

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Air Corps Apprentice

INDUCTION

Applications for Air Corps Apprentices are taken as required. Candidates are assessed in a number of ways, including: psychometric, fitness, medical and by interview. The process is designed to select the best people to become a key member maintaining the operational readiness of the Air Corps.

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TRAINING

After 4 months of basic military training, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies. The Level 7 Degree course consists of a 3 year programme, 2 semesters per year. Trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics.

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RATES OF PAY

Apprentices in the Air Corps are paid as soon as they join the Defence Forces. The level of pay increases with time in service and rank. There is also an increase when they become fully qualified technicians.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

The Air Corps operate a variety of aircraft and it takes a number of technical specialities to maintain this fleet. Air Corps technicians are encouraged to continually develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking courses and by hands on experience.

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Defend | Protect | Support

Joining the Irish Defence Forces means more than just becoming a soldier, sailor or airman. It means becoming part of an organisation where you are constantly challenged to push yourself to the limits of your physical ability but also an organisation that will challenge you mentally as well.

A career in the Defence Forces offers potential numerous and diverse fields of employment– Infantry Soldier, Air Traffic Controller, IT Specialist, Combat Medic, Ships Captain, Weapons Specialist to name just a few.

The Irish Defence Forces is looking for outgoing, confident and enthusiastic people to continue on the proud traditions that it has built up since its formation in 1922. If you feel that you can meet these challenges and excel then a career in the Irish Defence Forces could be for you.

The Defence Forces is a demanding career which involves large amounts of time away from home - either on exercise in Ireland and Europe or on operational deployment overseas with the United Nations, European Union or NATO.

Our personnel are physically and mentally prepared to meet the challenges of all military operations they are required to deploy on.Our equipment is modern, our training is rigorous and our leadership is based on system of mutual respect between the Officers and enlisted personnel.

 

 

 

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