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    The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett presents Lieutenant Avril O'Rourke, Post Commander UN Post 6-52 with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Medal.
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The Reserve Defence Forces is now accepting applications for Army Reserve and 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 not more than 35 years of age on date of enlistment (We cannot accept applications from persons under 18 years of age).

Start your Online Application

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Naval Service Appointments

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.

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The closing date for this competition is 23:59hrs on 31st December, 2016.

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Applications through Irish

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


19th of September 2016 - Ministerial Review of the Golan Heights bound troops

1.30pm - Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, T.D.,Reviews Irish Troops heading for service with UNDOF[more]

image description14th September 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Recovers 5 Deceased Persons While Rescuing 265* Migrants

6pm - LÉ James Joyce Recovers 5 Deceased Persons While Rescuing 265* Migrants During a Search & Rescue Operation 32 Nautical Miles North West of Tripoli[more]

image description11th September 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 108* Migrants

3.10pm - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 108* Migrants During Search and Rescue Operations 35 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli[more]

image descriptionMonday 12th of September, 2016 - 0900 - Defence Forces Conduct Mission Readiness Exercise

0900 - Defence Forces Conduct Mission Readiness Exercise in Preparation for UNDOF (Golan Heights) Deployment[more]