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Current Competitions

The Defence Forces are recruiting in the following areas:

Officer Cadetships 2019

We live in a world of diversity; the Defence Forces needs men and women from all backgrounds. Play your part.

The Defence Forces are now accepting applications for Officer Cadetships.

  • Army Line
  • Army Engineer
  • Army Equitation
  • Army Ordnance
  • Air Corps Pilot
  • Naval Service Operations
  • Naval Service Electrical Engineer
  • Naval Service Marine Engineer

Candidates must be 18 years of age or above and under 26 years of age on  the 1st September 2019

Closing date for applications is Sunday 12th May 2019 at 2359hrs

2019-Cadetships-Terms-&-Conditions.pdf (size 1 MB)

Read About Army Line/Engineer/Ordnance Cadets >>

Read About Air Corps Pilots >>

Read About Naval Service Cadets >>

Applications are only being accepted online.

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General Service - Army & Naval Service

The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

We live in a world of diversity; the Defence Forces require men and women from all backgrounds that possess a strong sense of duty, enjoy working as part of a team, and are looking for a rewarding yet challenging career.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

When making an application for General Service Recruitment applicants should be aware that the areas of responsibility that applicants apply to are as follows: 

1 Brigade  - Cork Interview Centre

Cork, Carlow, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford

2 Brigade - Dublin/Curragh Interview Centre

Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Where possible we will facilitate applicants to conduct fitness testing & interview at a location closest to their home.

Read more about being an Army Recruit >>

Read more about being an Naval Service Recruit >>

Applications will only be accepted online.

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Reserve Defence Forces

The Reserve Defence Forces are now accepting applications for the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.

We are looking for men and women from all backgrounds who enjoy working as part of a team. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and under 36 years of age on date of enlistment.

Note: We cannot accept applications from persons under 18 years of age.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 28th April 2019

Read more about the Army Reserve >>

Read more about the Naval Service Reserve >>

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Naval Service Direct Entry Officers

The Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watchkeeping Officers (Operations Branch), Marine Engineering Officers and Electrical Engineer Officers.

These are vital positions and we are looking for highly motivated individuals who combine professional skills with leadership ability and the desire to take their careers to exciting new places.

View the Terms and Conditions May 2018 >>

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GDPR Notice

All applications for Defence Forces positions are processed in accordance with the Defence Forces Applicants Privacy Notice, as set out on the applicants page with Candidate Manager

Careers Information

Please Note:

Application forms for entry into the Defence Forces are only available through the online application form on this site.

The online application form for enlistment is only available when recruitment competitions are open. There is NO access to the online application form when recruitment is closed.

Applications Through Irish

To make any application through Irish send an email to recruitment@defenceforces.ie to request an application form.