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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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Rank Structure of the NSR

Most entrants to the Naval Service Reserve join as Ratings. The exception to this are ex-Naval Service Officers, Merchant Navy Officers, and Doctors. Ratings undergo recruit training before they are promoted to the rank of Ordinary Seaman. Once full trained, and hold the rank of a Leading Seaman, or above, the may be considered for training to qualify them for promotion to the commissioned ranks (i.e. officer)

Officers provide the higher management structure, and will generally be responsible for the welfare and training of a number of ratings.