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Defence Forces Rates of Pay

New Entrants Pay - Cadets

Cadets Rates of Pay

Cadets Class A Five Point Scale with effect from 01/09/2019
On Appointment1€19,159

New Entrants Pay - Apprentices/Recruits

Post 01 January 2013 PPC Pay Scales LRA2

Recruitment RankPointWEF: 01/09/19
Basic Pay
On enlistment1€297.04
After 1 years service2€353.39
After 2 years service3€462.40
After 3 years service4€539.43

Private, Grade 1/Seaman, 3rd Class€409.18

Private, 2 Star/Seaman, 2nd Class€479.13

Private, 3 Star/Seaman, 1st Class

Current Rates of Pay for All Ranks

The current rates of pay for all members of the Defence Forces are available through the Department of Defence website.

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Pension Terms

All those joining pensionable Public Service employment on or after 1 January 2013 are, in general, members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme (‘Single Scheme’). This defined benefit Single Scheme applies to all military personnel who join the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) as first-time new entrants to the Public Service from 1 January 2013 onwards. The Single Scheme also applies to former Public Servants – including former PDF personnel – returning to pensionable employment in the Public Service after a break of more than 26 weeks, or other than under the same contract of employment. The rules of the Single Scheme are set down in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 and in related DPER circulars. Different occupational pension scheme (superannuation) arrangements apply to military personnel recruited to the PDF before 1st January 2013.
The Single Scheme is based on a career-averaging model. Retirement benefits (pension and lump sum) are based on a % of pensionable earnings throughout a person’s Public Service career as a Single Scheme member. For Defence Forces personnel who are Single Scheme members, their ‘minimum pension age’ is 50.  This means that retirement pension and lump sum are normally only payable immediately on retirement or discharge from the PDF if you serve to age 50, and have the required minimum of 2 years’ qualifying service. Where leaving the PDF before age 50, benefits will be preserved and generally payable in line with, and linked to, future social welfare Contributory State Pension age (66 rising to 68).  Retirement benefits are contributory; and occupational pension is subject to integration with the Social Insurance system.
New entrants to the Public Service, including those joining the PDF, are ordinarily insurable for full PRSI.  On that basis, their occupational (or spouse's) pension is integrated with the State Social Insurance system in accordance with standard Public Service arrangements.
Throughout their service, all new entrants to the PDF must pay appropriate employee pension contributions from pay towards their occupational pension scheme benefits.  They are also liable to pay the existing Public Service Pension-Related Deduction (PRD). This is separate from standard employee pension contributions and no additional superannuation benefits are earned as a result of the deduction. PRD is being converted to an ‘Additional Superannuation Contribution’ from 1 January 2019.

Additional Notes:

Integration is a standard feature of Public Service occupational pension schemes. It means that a person’s entitlement to the range of Social Insurance benefits (including the State Pension Contributory) is taken into account when calculating the amount of occupational pension payable. In an integrated pension scheme, the State Pension Contributory (SPC) is regarded as part of the employee’s total pension package.  Under standard Public Service arrangements, this integration of occupational pension with the Social Insurance system begins from the time the occupational pension starts payment. This means the occupational pension is reduced from the start by a Social Insurance (State Pension) offset, regardless of whether the person has reached State Pension age.  Integration applies to occupational pension and contributions, but not to retirement lump sum.