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Current Competitions

The Defence Forces are recruiting in the following areas:

General Service - Army & Naval Service

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

We live in a world of diversity; the Defence Forces require men and women from all backgrounds that possess a strong sense of duty, enjoy working as part of a team, and are looking for a rewarding yet challenging career.

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.

When making an application for General Service Recruitment applicants should be aware that the areas of responsibility that applicants apply to are as follows: 

1 Brigade  - Cork Interview Centre

Cork, Carlow, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford

2 Brigade - Dublin/Curragh Interview Centre

Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Where possible we will facilitate applicants to conduct fitness testing & interview at a location closest to their home.

Read more about being an Army Recruit >>

Read more about being a Naval Service Recruit

Applications will only be accepted online.

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Irish Naval Service Radio Radar Technician

Currently there are opportunities for fully qualified Electronic Technicians within the Irish Naval Service. As a Radio Radar Technician (RRT) within the Irish Naval Service you will essentially be trained to manage, maintain and crew the ship as well as keeping it operational. A Leading Radio Radar Technician (L/RRT) will be trained to perform the roles and responsibilities of a Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) and technician at sea, where selected candidates will be responsible for the Installation, Operation, Maintenance and Repair of all Navigation and Communications equipment on board. Through this path you will become an NCO RRT within the Irish Naval Service. If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career, if you fit the criteria and enjoy being part of a team click on the link below and begin your application.

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

A candidate for enlistment as a Radio Radar Technician (RRT) must have completed one of the following:

  • B. Eng in Electronic Engineering HETAC Level 7.
  • B. Eng in Marine Electrotechnology HETAC Level 7.
  • B. Eng Ordinary Degree in Electronic Engineering - Military Communication Systems (Carlow).
  • National equivalent of any of the above (this will be subject to review and approval by the Naval Service).

NS-Radio-Radar-Technicians-TnC.pdf

Radio Radar Technician Apply Now

Irish Naval Service Carpenter/Hull Artificer

The Irish Defence Forces are presently recruiting qualified Carpenter and Joiners for the role of Leading Hull Artificer (HA) within the Irish Naval Service. As a Hull Artificer within the Irish Naval Service you will learn to manage, maintain and crew the ship as well as keeping it operational. Successful candidates will be provided with additional training so that they can perform the roles and responsibilities of a Hull Artificer at Sea onboard Irish Naval Service vessels. If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career, fit the criteria and enjoy being part of a team click on the link below and begin your application.

Minimum Educational Qualifications

Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Naval Service.

A candidate for enlistment as a Hull Artificer (HA) must have completed one of the following:

  • HETAC Level 7 Bachelors of Science in Craft Technology (wood) with business.
  • National Craft Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery.
  • National Craft Certificate in Cabinet Maker/Wood Manufacturing and Finishing.
  • National Craft Certificate in Shipwright.
  • National equivalent of any of the above.

Read the Naval Service Hull Artificer Terms and Conditions 2020>>

Direct Entry Hull Aitrficer Apply Now >>


Irish Naval Service Electrical Artificer

Currently there are opportunities for fully qualified electricians within the Irish Naval Service. As an Electrical Artificer within the Irish Naval Service you will learn to manage, maintain and crew the ship as well as keeping it operational. A Leading Electrical Artificer (L/EA) will be trained to perform the roles and responsibilities of a L/EA at sea and ashore, where selected candidates will be responsible to the ship’s Marine Engineering Officer for the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of all electrical/electronic equipment on board. Through this path, you will become a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of your respective department. If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career, you fit the criteria and enjoy being part of a team, click on the link below and begin your application.

Applicants must be 18 Years of age and under 27 years of age on date of application.

Minimum Educational Qualifications

Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Naval Service.

A candidate for enlistment as an Electrical Artiificer (EA) must have completed one of the following:

  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent).
  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Electronic Engineering (or equivalent).
  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Applied Physics and Instrumentation(or equivalent).
  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Marine Electrotechnology.
  • FAS/SSOLAS QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical.
  • FAS/SSOLAS QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Electrical Instrumentation.
  • FAS/SSOLAS QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Instrumentation.
  • National equivalent of any of the above.

Read the Naval Service Electrical Artificers-Terms and conditions >>

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Air Corps Apprentice Aircraft Technician

We're looking for motivated people who enjoy working in a team environment. Successful candidates will become part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the fleet.

The training complies with the Technical University Dublin Education awards and graduates of this programme will be eligible for a Bachelor of Engineering in Military Aviation Technology. Successful candidates, upon qualification, will also receive Solas accreditation and an EASA Part 66 Category B licence.

Successful candidates will also be the first to avail of our newly refurbished hostel accommodation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and younger than 23 years old on the closing date for applications.

Closing Date for this competition is 14th February 2020.

Read more about Aircraft Technicians >>

Read the Terms and Conditions >>

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Direct Entry Engine Room Artificer Technicians (Marine/Mechanical)

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The Naval Service is the maritime component of the Defence Forces with a support base and headquarters located in the Naval Base Haulbowline, Co. Cork. We are now accepting applications for positions as Engine Room Artificer Technicians (Marine/Mechanical) who will, after full military and on-the-job training, become an integral part of the maintenance team providing technical support on board a fleet of nine ships. As our servicemen and women are our most important asset, the Naval Service is committed to providing you with an interesting, rewarding and challenging career.

Applicants must be 18 Years of age and under 27 years of age on date of application.

A candidate for enlistment as an Engine Room Artificer must have completed one of the following:
  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Marine Engineering
  • HETAC Level 7 Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • FAS/Solas Standard Based Craft of Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting
  • FAS/Solas Standard Based Craft of Diesel Fitter
  • FAS/Solas Standard Based Crafts of Motor Mechanic
  • Department of Marine & Natural Resources Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Certificate of Competency
  • National equivalent of any of the above.

Terms and Conditions.

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Naval Service Direct Entry Chef

The Naval Service is looking to recruit suitably qualified Chefs to be part of our team that patrols and protects our territorial waters. If you enjoy being part of a team and want a career with a difference click on the link below and begin your application.

Closing Date for applications 31 March 2020

Read the Terms and Conditions.

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Defence Forces Medical Officer

The Defence Forces Medical Corps are now accepting applications from suitably qualified medical doctors to become Medical Officers in the Defence Forces.

A Medical Officer is a specialist Officer who practices medicine within the Defence Forces both at home and overseas. Medical practice focuses on health protection and education, primary care and environmental medicine. The role comes with very real physical and mental challenges. In addition to your medical role as an Officer you will be expected to lead and manage the personnel of the Medical Corps.

The Defence Forces is looking for people who have, in addition to the appropriate medical qualifications;

      • The ability to plan, prioritise and organise.
      • A reasonably high level of personal fitness.
      • Clear, concise and effective communication skills.
      • The ability to motivate others and work with a team.

Read the 2019 Terms & Conditions for this Appointment >>

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Naval Service Direct Entry Officers

The Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watchkeeping Officers (Operations Branch), Marine Engineering Officers and Electrical Engineer Officers.

These are vital positions and we are looking for highly motivated individuals who combine professional skills with leadership ability and the desire to take their careers to exciting new places.

View the NS Direct Entry Officer Terms & Conditions 2020.pdf

If you enjoy a challenge and being part of a team Naval Service Officer Direct Entry Join Now>>


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Careers Information

Cadetships

The Defence Forces are NOT accepting applications for cadetships at this time.

Please Note:  

Applications forms for entry into the Defence Forces are only available through the online application form on this site.

The online application form for enlistment is only available when recruitment competitions are open.

There is NO access to the online application form when recruitment is closed.

Please Note:

Application forms for entry into the Defence Forces are only available through the online application form on this site.

The online application form for enlistment is only available when recruitment competitions are open. There is NO access to the online application form when recruitment is closed.

Applications Through Irish

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