The Induction Process


The Officer Cadet Competition is held annually and is the only way for potential candidates to join the Defence Forces to become a Line Officer.


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.

Psychometric Testing

All Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be invited to undergo an online psychometric test. 

Overnight Assessment Centre

Candidates who are successful at the psychometric testing phase are invited to attend an Assessment Centre in the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre in Co. Kildare. The assessment centre comprises of:-

  • Induction Fitness Test — this is a pass/fail test, candidates who do not pass will not be allowed to continue in the competition
  • Realistic Job Preview — Candidates will receive briefs from serving Officer Cadets and Junior Officers to give them an insight to military life
  • Group Exercise — Candidates will have to participate in a group exercise where they will be assessed for leadership, teamwork and communication skills.


Candidates who are successful at the Assessment Centre will be asked to attend for Interview in the Cadets Mess, Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre in Co. Kildare. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under the following competencies:-

  •  Planning and organising
  •  Decision making and problem solving
  •  Communication
  •  Leadership and supervising
  •  Personal motivation and discipline

Medical & Security Clearance

The top scoring candidates at the Interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination in St. Bricin’s Military Hospital in Dublin. 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 Officer Cadetship

The candidates who finish at the top of the competitions order of merit will then be offered an Army Officer Cadetship.

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