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Launch of 2019 Óglaigh na hÉireann Cadetship Competition

18th April 2019 - Defence Forces Headquarters

Today the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D.,  announced the launch of the 2019 Cadetship Competition for the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF). The aim of this years competition is to induct 100 cadets to serve in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.

The cadetship competition is an opportunity for young people to serve their country as officers in the different branches of the Defence Forces. On completion of their cadetships, newly commissioned officers will have the chance to serve Ireland both domestically and on overseas missions, as well as experience a broad spectrum of training and education relative to their branch of service.

Commenting on today’s launch, Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD underlined the "opportunities a career as an officer in the Defence Forces offers, to young men and women, to learn vital life skills, develop their leadership potential, undergo world class training and enhance their education. Earlier this year, 77 cadets were commissioned from the 94th Cadet Class - 17 women were part of that class- the largest number ever to be commissioned from one Cadet class. I am committed to building on these success in 2019. Recruitment is the lifeblood of the Defence Forces and is a vital component to the development of Defence Forces capabilities."

Also commenting on the launch of the competition, Óglaigh na hÉireann Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, said, "Undergoing a cadetship in Óglaigh na hÉireann is a challenging and rewarding experience that equips young men and women to be leaders and decision makers in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps. Óglaigh na hÉireann is looking for young people of character and competence who embody our core values."

The competition will be open from Thursday 18th April to Sunday 12th May and applicants can apply via

Press Release Date: 18th April 2019

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