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General Service Recruitment

Wednesday 12th September 2018, 10.05am - Defence Force Launch General Service Recruitment Campaign

Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, has announced the launch of the second of this year’s General Service recruitment competitions for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF).

The current recruitment competition is an opportunity for young people to serve their country in both the Army and Naval Service. New recruits will receive first class training in weapons handling, military tactics, team work and physical fitness. On completion of their induction training our personnel will have opportunities to serve Ireland both domestically and on overseas missions, undergo leadership training and choose from a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.

Commenting on the recruitment campaign, the Chief of Staff stated that ‘A career in the Defence Forces is an opportunity to serve Ireland, at home and internationally. It is a rewarding career that is an opportunity to serve Ireland and to receive world class training and education that will stand to you for the rest of your life. We hope to attract young men and women who want make a difference and to have an impact on the world.”

On completion of recruit and three star training, which takes an initial 17 weeks followed by a further 12 weeks training respectively, newly qualified 3 star Privates and their Naval Service equivalent, can expect minimum gross annual earnings of €27,000 (inclusive of military service allowance).

The current competition is for General Service in the Army and Naval Service and is open from Monday 10th September 2018 to Sunday 7th October 2018 and applicants can apply via

The Defence Forces are seeking to induct approximately 700 people across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service this year through both of the General Service recruitment competitions, as well as Apprenticeships and Cadetships.

This year’s recruitment competitions will build on the award winning #joinourteam campaign with a mixture of video focused social media ads, immersive online gaming experiences, outreach through local media and a female focused element to enhance the level of applications from young women. Examples of the online ads can be seen here:

View the Defence Forces Recruitment Video

View the Defence Forces Female focused Recruitment Video

View the Defence Forces Interactive Video Experience

Earlier this year the Defence Forces ran a General Service recruitment competition as well as Cadetship and Apprenticeship competitions.

Read about Current Defence Forces Careers

Press Release Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018

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