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Current Competitions

The Defence Forces are recruiting in the following areas:

Naval Service Direct Entry Chef

The Naval Service is looking to recruit suitably qualified Chefs to be part of our team that patrols and protects our territorial waters. If you enjoy being part of a team and want a career with a difference click on the link below and begin your application.

Closing Date for applications 31 March 2020

Read the Terms and Conditions.

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Defence Forces Medical Officer

The Defence Forces Medical Corps are now accepting applications from suitably qualified medical doctors to become Medical Officers in 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 Corps.

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

  • The ability to plan, prioritise 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.

Read the 2019 Terms & Conditions for this Appointment >>

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General Service - Army & Naval Service

The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

We live in a world of diversity; the Defence Forces 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.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

When making an application for General Service Recruitment applicants should be aware that the areas of responsibility that applicants apply to are as follows: 

1 Brigade  - Cork Interview Centre

Cork, Carlow, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford

2 Brigade - Dublin/Curragh Interview Centre

Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Where possible we will facilitate applicants to conduct fitness testing & interview at a location closest to their home.

Read more about being an Army Recruit >>

Read more about being a Naval Service Recruit >>

Applications will only be accepted online.

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Naval Service Direct Entry Officers

The Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watchkeeping Officers (Operations Branch), Marine Engineering Officers and Electrical Engineer Officers.

These are vital positions and we are looking for highly motivated individuals who combine professional skills with leadership ability and the desire to take their careers to exciting new places.

View the Terms and Conditions - November 2019 >>

If you enjoy a challenge and being part of a team Naval Service Officer Direct Entry Join Now>>


GDPR Notice

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Careers Information

Cadetships

The Defence Forces are NOT accepting applications for cadetships at this time.

Please Note:  

Applications 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.

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.

Applications Through Irish

To make an application through Irish send an email to recruitment@defenceforces.ie to request an application form.