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Defence Forces Careers

Defence Forces personnel lead a "Life less Ordinary". All aspects of military life are varied and for each member of the Force each day may bring a new challenge.

Current Competitions

We 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.


Ex Serving Members can view the Terms and Conditions for re-joining and apply here.

Army Careers

There are three entry levels for joining the Army i.e. as a Cadet, a Recruit or as an Apprentice. Each approach offers a different career path and differing challenges.

Air Corps Careers

The air component of the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF), the Air Corps constantly strives to recruit the best personnel.

Naval Service Careers

The Naval Service is an integral part of Óglaigh na hÉireann as the maritime component of the Defence Forces, with a men and women drawn from the 32 counties of Ireland

Reserve Defence Forces

As a part-time force receiving professional military training, your time in the Reserves will bring experiences and challenges that will draw upon all your physical and mental abilities

Specialist Appointments

The Defence Forces have a requirement to enlist, into the various services within the Force, people with specialist qualifications or skills in order to fill vacant appointments.

Defence Studies Programme

The Defence Forces position is unique in terms of its learning output with personnel undergoing training and education courses on a continuous basis.

Defence Forces Rates of Pay

View information about Pay and Pensions in the Defence Forces

Defence Forces Fitness Testing

Physical fitness is a basic requirement of Military life. Military life places unique physical and psychological demands on units and individuals.


Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Here you will find questions about - Eligibility, Requirements, the Application Process and Training