RecruitmentGeneral Service

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

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.

Both Competitions will close on Sunday 22nd April 2018.


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An important part of overseas service is the training that the Defence Forces give to all its personnel prior to Departure to the Mission area. Each leading Brigade will carry out Mission Readiness Exercices for its Battalion. The United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI) also has a part to play in the preparation of personnel to serve overseas.

Exercise Saltpans - Pre-Deployment Training

United Nations Training School Ireland

The school’s establishment was a natural consequence of Defence Forces involvement with peacekeeping activities and our contribution to UN operations in particular. UNTSI’s primary focus is on the training and preparation of Irish Defence Forces personnel for participation in a wide range of Peace Support Operations (PSO). 

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Pre Deployment Training

Prior to departure, an overseas unit, will spend two to three months taking part in pre deployment training, in line with the Defence Forces Training Circular, which outlines what training must be completed and at what stage. The training is divided into four phases with different levels of intensity and responsibility.

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Mission Readiness Exercises

The Mission Readiness Exercise itself comprises of five elements each evaluating different aspects of the pre deployment training conducted by the unit deploying overseas. This training includes computer aided exercises , situational training exercises, field training exercises, battle innoculation and support weapons shoot.

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Tuesday 17th April 2018 - Defence Forces Conduct MRE

, 2.00pm.- Defence Forces Conduct Mission Readiness Exercise in Preparation for UNIFIL (Lebanon) Deployment[more]

Thursday, 22nd March 2018 - Ministerial Review- Media Invite

22nd March 2018, 12.20pm, Ministerial Review of the Golan Heights Bound 57th Infantry Group (UNDOF)[more]