Course Mission Statement

 “It is the mission of the Cadet School, Naval College to train cadets in the military and professional skills required for them to assume the duties of the rank of Ensign and to ensure that their personal development during the cadetship gives them the confidence to meet future challenges of any nature with the ability and positive attitude expected of Naval Service officers.”

A Cadet undergoing a course of training in the Naval Service will complete approx 24 months training. The training is organized into two (2) stages.

Stage 1 — First Year Military Training (51 Weeks)

The purpose of this Stage is to master the basic skills required of a member of the Defence Forces. In addition it will develop the leadership skills of the cadet and master fundamental Naval Military Skills. During this stage the Cadet will be located in the Naval Base, the Defence Forces Training Centre, and on board Naval Service Vessels.

At the end of this Stage, students will:

  • Understand the Defence Forces Values.
  • Understand the principles of leadership.
  • Accept personal responsibility.
  • Have developed their discipline, esprit de corps and physical fitness.
  • Be proficient in personal weapons, map reading, foot drill, arms drill, field craft and other competencies.
  • Have successfully completed Semester 1 of their academic studies. 
  • Qualified in Basic Seamanship Skills

Stage 2 - National Maritime College of Ireland (40 Weeks)

In the second year the Cadet will commence studies at the National Maritime College Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy, Cork for award of a Degree in Nautical Science in the case of Operations Branch Officer Cadets and a Degree in Marine Engineering for Engineer Branch Officer Cadets. NMCI is a partnership between the Cork Institute of Technology and the Naval Service.

Unit Assignment

Cadets who are deemed to have successfully completed the Cadet training programme receive their Unit assignment in the last week of their Cadetship. During this ceremony the Officer Cadets are told which vessel they have been assigned to.

In connection with third level training, personnel will be required to subscribe to an undertaking (or undertakings), that before leaving the Permanent Defence Force voluntarily at any time after they have commenced the course and before they have served in the Permanent Defence Force for a minimum number of years reckoned from the date of completion of their third level training, they will refund the cost of such training to the Minister for Defence including the cost of pay and allowances paid to them during the period of attendance at the course. In effect Officer who attend third level training will have two serve for a minimum of two years  service for every college year they attend whilst a member of the Defence Forces.

Commissioning Ceremony

The Officer Cadet training programme concludes with a commissioning ceremony where the Officer Cadets receive their new ranks —Ensign in the case of school leavers and Sub Lieutenant in the case of graduates. The ceremony takes place in the Naval Base with the families invited to view the new Officers retaking their oath of enlistment and receiving their Presidential Commissions from the Minister of Defence. 

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