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Trainees in Military Medicine

Who we want

Officers are the managers, decision makers and leaders of 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 Corp.

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

  • The ability to plan, prioritize 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

Age Requirements

Candidates must be under 35 years of age on 1 December in the year of application.

Professional Qualifications

A candidate must: -

  1. Possess the minimum qualifications of M.B., B.Ch, B.A.O or equivalent
  2. Hold current, full registration with the Medical Council of Ireland.

A successful candidate will be required to maintain registration.

Medical and Physical Requirements

Candidates will be required to undergo a detailed medical and dental examination, which will include urine and blood tests. This examination is to ensure that candidates are in good mental and bodily health and free from any condition, abnormality or history of significant illness likely to interfere with the efficient performance of military duties.

The following are the minimum requirements in respect of:-


The minimum height requirement is 157.48 cm (5ft 2ins). Physical standards and weight must be in keeping with height and age.


Unaided and untreated vision of not less than 6/36 in both eyes, but which can be corrected to at least 6/12 in each eye or not less than 6/6 in the right eye and not less than 6/36 in the left eye, with normal colour vision. Both eyes must be free from disfiguring or incapacitating abnormality and free from acute or chronic disease. There must be no evidence of squint or latent squint. The eligibility or not of applicants who have had previous incisional or laser treatment to correct visual acuity will be determined at the medical examination. Please see Annex B for further information.


Candidates must be free from any serious periodontal disease and possess teeth to a specific standard, which is not less than the equivalent of eleven over eleven natural teeth functionally opposed. In certain circumstances artificial teeth may be acceptable.


A good standard of unaided hearing is essential. Candidates will be required to undergo an audiometric examination at which:

The sum of the hearing threshold levels, at 1,2,3,4 and 6 KHz should not exceed the age and gender related warning levels contained in the "Guidelines on Hearing Checks and Audiometry Regulations 2007" issued by the Health and Safety Authority, and,
Candidates under 25 years of age must be able to hear all measured pure tones up to and including 8kHz at 20dB in each ear and candidates aged 25 years and older must be able to hear all measured pure tones up to and including 8 kHz at 25dB in each ear. Candidates must also be free from acute or chronic ear disorders.
Candidates are advised to avoid all sources of loud noise and music for a period of 48 hours prior to this examination as exposure to such noise may adversely affect the results of the examination.
Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through this website. The dates for the competition are advertised in the National Papers and on this website with applications only being accepted on these dates. All correspondence with applicants will be done through email for the duration of the competition.


Candidates who are deemed eligible will be asked to attend for Interview.

Employee Vetting by An Garda Siochána

Candidates who are invited to attend before an Interview Board will be required to complete and sign a Garda Vetting Application Form. This will, pursuant to Section 8 of the Data Protection Act, 1918, authorise An Garda Síochána to furnish to the Military Authorities a statement that there are no convictions recorded against the candidate, or if applicable, a statement of convictions.

Terms of Appointment

Trainees in Military Medicine under this competition will be appointed on a short service commission of 8 years, initially in the rank of Lieutenant, with an opportunity for extension to a commission without limitation as to time, subject to the rank retirement ages as per Defence Force Regulations and paragraph 11(g).


On successful completion of the first 2 years of training, the trainees in Military Medicine will be promoted to the rank of Captain. An officer inducted from this competition may, subject to meeting the stipulated eligibility criteria, compete for future Medical Officer promotion competitions within the Permanent Defence Force, in accordance with the provisions of Defence Force Regulations A.15.


Trainees in Military Medicine will undergo initial specialist training of two years duration divided into clinical attachments (Medicine, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and other placements which may include Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Psychiatry) between three and six months duration for each.
This initial specialist training will be hospital based and will meet the Irish College of General Practitioners requirements for initial specialist training in General Practice as well as those required for the practice of medicine in a military environment. It is intended that Trainees will rotate seamlessly in the designated hospitals and the military environment throughout the two year period.
Trainees will also partake as part of their continuous development in the day release programme with an existing scheme throughout initial specialist training. Topics will include those of relevance to both General Practice and Military Medicine.
Following successful completion of initial specialist training of two years the candidate will undergo higher specialist training of three years duration involving 24 months of supervised General Practice (at least six months of which will be within the military environment with a focus on patients presenting to sick parade) and 12 months of supervised military medical experiential training. On successful completion of this higher specialist training, and the requisite examinations, the officer will be qualified to practice without supervision.
Failure to successfully complete training at any stage may result in withdrawal of commission and discharge from the Defence Forces.
A Medical Officer after successful completion of training shall be required to serve an undertaking of three years as a Medical Officer in the Defence Forces in accordance with existing provisions outlined in Conciliation Council Reports (CCR).
A Medical Officer inducted through this scheme, who has been declared suitable by the Director Medical Branch from a clinical governance perspective may in the final 6 months of their undertaking (after 7 yrs and 6 months) on the recommendations of the Chief of Staff, apply for a commission without limitation as to time. Such a commission without limitation as to time is not guaranteed and is subject to a suitable vacancy on the establishment arising and the approval of the Government on the recommendation of the Minister to advise the President to make such an appointment.
Medical Officers are required to undergo training courses in basic military skills, health & safety, military leadership, overseas pre-deployment training, protocol and administration, in addition to continued professional development. Medical Officers are also required to undergo physical training and attend military exercises in a medical and participative capacity.

Unit Assignment

Medical Officers on commissioning will be posted to the Central Medical Unit and on promotion to Captain may be required to serve anywhere within the State and as with other Members of the Defence Forces have a mandatory requirement to serve overseas.

Nothwithstanding the previous paragraph, the Officer Commanding Central Medical Unit, in consultation with the Director Medical Branch will post Medical Officers when they have completed their period of training to fill vacancies within the Defence Forces Military Medical Facilities or Installation Medical Aid Posts.

The Military Medical Facilities are currently located at:

  • St. Bricin’s Military Facility, Infirmary Road, Dublin 7
  • Custume Barracks, Athlone
  • Collins Barracks, Cork
  • Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare
  • Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Co Dublin
  • Naval Base, Haulbowline, Cobh, Co. Cork.

The Installation locations include:

Sarsfields Barracks, Limerick,
Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny,
Dun Uí Mhaoilisa Barracks, Galway,
Finner Camp, Finner, Co Donegal,
Aiken Barracks, Dundalk,
2 Brigade Headquarters, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Other posts may be established as needs arise.