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 29th April 2018.

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Army Reserve

The Army Reserve is the land component of the Reserve Defence Forces. It is the second line reserve of the Army. It has a current establishment of 3,839 personnel of all ranks.

  • 1 Brigade, comprising the province of Munster, as well as the counties of Kilkenny, Wexford, Carlow and Laois, Offaly, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Kerry, Clare.
  • 2  Brigade, comprising the counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin, Meath, Louth and Monaghan., Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Mayo and Donegal

Army Reserve elements form part of a PDF unit, as part of the single force concept.

In addition to the Brigade areas, the Defence Forces maintains the Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC) at the Curragh Camp in which the Reserve Defence Forces train alongside their PDF comrades. 

There are eight Army Reserve Corps:

  • The Infantry Corps
  • Artillery Corps
  • Cavalry Corps
  • Engineer Corps
  • CIS Corps
  • Transport Corps
  • Military Police Corps
  • Medical Corps

Each Corps has a designated military task, the specialised nature of which offers the Reservist the opportunity in a particular sphere.

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The Army Reserve has at its disposal a wide range of modern equipment and weaponry ranging from modern military communications systems, to the personal weapon of the Irish Reservist - the 5.56mm Steyr rifle.


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