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Current Competitions

The Defence Forces are recruiting in the following areas:

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 completing 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 not less than 18 years of age and under 27 years of age on 09/08/2019.

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

Closing date for this competition is 9th August 2019.

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Air Corps Apprentice Aircraft Technician Scheme

The Defence Forces are now accepting applications for Apprentice Aircraft Technician. We are looking for motivated people who enjoy working as part of a Team. Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet. This training program complies with the Technological University Dublin Education Awards under the National Framework of Qualifications. Graduates of this Programme will be eligible for the following award – Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology (B.Eng. Tech.) on completion of the requisite modules.

Air Corps Apprenticeship Applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 23 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Read more about being an Apprentice Aircraft Technician

Closing date for this competition is 18th July 2019

Applications will only be accepted online.

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Terms and Conditions


General Service - Army & Naval Service

The Defence Forces is 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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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 Terms and Conditions May 2018 >>

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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.

Reserve Defence Forces 

The Defence Forces are NOT accepting applications the Reserve Forces at this time.

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.