the Induction process

Recruit Competitions are held in the Naval Service as required and are the only way to join the Defence Forces to become a Sailor


Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through this website. All correspondence with applicants will be done through email for the duration of the competition.

Psychometric Testing

All applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be invited to attend for Psychometric Testing. Full details of these tests will be emailed to all applicants after the application phase for the competition is closed.

Fitness Testing

All candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then be invited to attend a Fitness Testing centre, where they will be required to complete the Defence Forces induction fitness test.


Candidates who are successful at the Fitness Assessment Centre will be asked to attend for Interview. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under the following competencies:-

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Career Orientation

Medical & Security Clearance

The top scoring candidates at the interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination. In conjunction with this all candidates will be security vetted by An Garada SÁochána. Candidates will be required to pass both the medical examination and security vetting to be considered for induction.

Award of a place in a Recruit Class

The candidates who finished at the top of the competitions order of merit will then be offered a place in the Recruit Class they applied for.

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