13 April 2016 - Join Our Team - Defence Forces Recruitment .

Earlier today, Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for enlisted personnel in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Defence Forces plan to induct just over 600 general service personnel to the Permanent Defence Force in 2016 and a further 850 personnel in 2017.

The 2016 campaign ‘Join Our Team’ will specifically aim to increase female recruitment, while also reaching out to people from all backgrounds and ethnicity using social media channels, digital advertisements, the introduction of information programmes for applicants and a streamlined online application process.


The Defence Forces consider a more diverse Defence Forces, which is reflective of Irish society, as a stronger Defence Forces better equipped to tackle the increasing complexity of the modern security environment.

The centre piece of the campaign is a 60 second long video which features Sergeant Valerie Cole:

"Sergeant Valerie Cole is from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim and is 30 years of age. She has served in a variety of appointments both at home in Ireland and abroad in Chad during her 12 years of service.

Sgt Cole has completed some of the most challenging courses Óglaigh na hÉireann has to offer. Courses include: The Fighting In Built Up Areas (FIBUA) Instructor Course, The Physical Training Instructor Course, The Specialised Instructor Course, The Public Order Instructor Course and The Infantry Platoon Sergeant’s Battle Course.

The courses she has completed while serving with the Defence Forces have been accredited by Carlow IT and she has received a certificate in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies as a consequence.

As a certified Defence Forces Physical Training Instructor Sgt Cole is responsible for organising physical training for the troops under her instruction.

In her current role in the Non-Commissioned Officers Training Wing Sgt Cole takes responsibility for the Planning, Organising & Delivery of Instruction on Defence Forces Career Courses.

In her spare time Sgt Cole enjoys exercise & fitness and has also qualified as a Personal Trainer through the University of Limerick.

She is currently the Ladies Captain of Rathfarnham Athletic Club who hope to have a strong club performance in the National 10k Road Race in April 2016."

View and image gallery from the Campaign Launch

View a promotional Video

Read more information on How to Join >>


Press Release Date: 13 April 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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