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How to Join


From time to time or when required, the Defence Forces will advertise Army Recruitment Competitions through all social media platforms, websites and the national newspapers. To see what competitions are currently ongoing visit the Current Vacancies Page >>


The Cadetship online application forms are only available when the cadetship competition is advertised.

General Service

Check out the Current Vacancies Page for the Current Army General Service Competition

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.

Reserve Defence Force

The Reserve Defence Forces online application forms are only available when the Reserve Forces recruitment is advertised

Applications Through Irish

To make any application through Irish send an email to to request an application form.

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