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Application Process

Joining the Naval Service Reserve (NSR) is a simple process, however there are a number of important steps to be taken, which may take some time.

  • Application
  • Fitness Test
  • Interview
  • Security Clearance
  • Medical Examination
  • Attestation


Applications are only accepted through In the application form, you will be offered the choice of 4 locations. You may only choose 1 location.


There are no formal education qualifications to join the Reserve Defence Forces as a Recruit. With the exception of age limits, the criteria for enlistment to the RDF are the same as the PDF with regard to fitness assessment, medical examination and security clearance

Age Limitations

In order to join the Naval Service Reserve you must be ## years of age or above and under the age ## on the closing date for receipt of applications. 

Fitness Assessment

All applicants for the NSR will be called to complete a fitness assessment. It is the same fitness assessment undertaken by applicants for the Permanent Defence Force. Applicants will have to bring with them a certificate from a GP stating that they are fit to attempt the fitness assessment.


Successful applicants at the fitness test phase will be called to conduct an interview

Security Clearance

All applicants for enlistment in the NSR are required to complete and sign a Consent Form that, pursuant to Section 8 of the Data Protection Act, 1988, will authorise An Garda Síochana to furnish the Defence Forces either, a statement that there are no convictions recorded against an applicant, or a statement of convictions, as the case may be.

Medical Examination

Applicants must be in good mental and bodily health, and free from any physical defect, abnormality, physiological condition or past history of serious illness likely to interfere with the efficient performance of their duties.


Once all the required Security and Medical checks have been completed satisfactorily, applicants can be attested into the NSR. This process involves swearing, or declaring an oath, and then signing a copy of the oath. At this stage the applicant is a member of the Reserve Defence Forces, and is issued with an army number and uniform over the next few weeks.

Take Note: The selection process for the NSR will take a minimum of 4 months.