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Officer Cadetships 2017

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
  • 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 28 years of age on  the 1st September 2017

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 18/04/2017

Download the Terms & Conditions (PDF 671Kb)

Applications are only being accepted online.

General Service Recruitment

The Defence Forces are still accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service. April 5, 2017 is the final date for receipt of applications.

Follow this link for more information and to make an application: General Service Recruitment >>

Applications through Irish

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


Monday 20 March 2017 - Defence Forces Assets Deployed in Blacksod

6.50pm - Defence Forces Assets Deployed in Blacksod Search Operation[more]

image description17 March 2017 - Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, T.D., spends St. Patrick's Day with troops on the Golan Heights

5.55pm - Minister Paul Kehoe, accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff (Ops), Major General Kieran Brennan, is spending St. Patrick's Day on the Golan Heights meeting with troops deployed to the United Nations Disengagement Observer...[more]

image description14 March 2017 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Make Safe Two Viable Devices in Carbury, Co.Kildare

8.30pm - Earlier this evening, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe two viable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Carbury, Co. Kildare.[more]

image description10 March 2017 - Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Suspect Device in Tullamore, Co.Offaly

7.30pm - A Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Team made safe a suspect Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, earlier this evening. [more]


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The Defence Forces magazine is now available online. Click here to gain access.

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