60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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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.

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