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Cadetships in The Irish Defence Forces Open for Application

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Cadetships in The Irish Defence Forces Open for Application


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 




Cadetships in The Irish Defence Forces Open for Application

The Defence Forces launched this year’s Cadetship Competition 22 March 2017. 

Below are the cadetships on offer this year and some of the requirements for applicant’s wishing to apply:

  • Army Line
  • Army Equitation
  • Army Engineer Corps
  • Air Corps (Pilot)
  • Naval Service Operations Branch
  • Naval Service Marine Engineering Branch
  • Naval Service Electrical Engineering Branch

The application phase of the competition will remain open for 4 weeks. The closing date for this competition is Tuesday 18th April 2017. Applications for this are made online through www.military.ie

Video: Defence Forces General Service Recruitment Campaign 2017

About Cadetships

Officers are the managers, decision makers, and leaders of the Defence Forces. An Army Cadet engages in 15 months training in the Military College, Curragh Camp covering many fields of study before taking up an operational appointment as an Officer.

The attributes of a good Officer include the ability to make good decisions in stressful situations, an interest in physical fitness, and a sound understanding of military tactics.

Naval Service and Air Corps Cadets move on to training more specific to their Cadetship during these 15 months in the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork and Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Co. Dublin respectively.

After completing Officer training, cadets are commissioned into a Service Corp — Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

A candidate for a Cadetship must:

a. At the time of application:

(1) be a citizen of Ireland; or

(2) be a refugee as defined under either the Refugee Act 1996 or the International Protection Act 2015; or, be a national of an European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation; or

(3) be a national of any other State who is lawfully present in Ireland and has five (5) years lawful residence here.

b. Satisfy the Minister for Defence as to character,

c. Be 18 years of age or above and under 28 years of age on 1 September 2017.

Note: Change to application age criteria

There is a change to the age criteria for cadetship applications in 2017. In previous years, applicants were required to be 18 or above, on or before the competition closing date i.e. 18th April. This year, intending applicants who meet the age requirement by 1st September 2017 are eligible to apply, opening up the process to school-leavers who may have reached the age requirement by this later date.

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

[Note: New 2017 Leaving Cert Grade equivalents to follow]

For Army (Line), Army (Equitation School) and Air Corps (Pilot)

SCHOOL LEAVERS / NON-GRADUATES must possess a minimum of Grade C3 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers, in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination as follows:

[Note: Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) does not qualify for this competition.]

A minimum of Grade D3 is required in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

(1) Mathematics.

(2) Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply.

(3) English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.

(4) Third language accepted for NUI Matriculation Registration purposes. NUI matriculations exemptions apply.

(5) Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

 

For Army (Line), Army (Equitation School) and Air Corps (Pilot)

GRADUATES must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

(1) Mathematics.

(2) Irish or English.

(3) Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Candidates must have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications.

For Army (Engineer Corps)

Candidates must possess as a minimum:

(1) Grade C3 in Mathematics in a Higher Level paper and Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

a. Irish or English.

(2) Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Candidates must have successfully completed:

a. Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications in either Engineering, Architecture, or other Building Construction related discipline, accredited by Engineers Ireland or other relevant professional body,

OR

b. a professional qualification equivalent to one of the foregoing awarded by the relevant professional body,

OR

a. A Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 together with a Level 9 qualification in a Construction Engineering, Building Services Technology, Environmental Science or Fire related discipline, GIS, Building Heritage Conservation or Energy Management.

Naval Service – Operations Branch/Marine Engineer Branch

School Leavers/Non Graduates (i.e. those who do not meet the requirements as per paragraph 2d below) must possess a minimum of Grade C3 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers, in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination.

[Note: Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) does not qualify for this competition.]

A minimum of Grade D3 is required in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

(1) Mathematics. In the case of Candidates applying for a Marine Engineering Cadetship this must be a minimum of Grade C3 in a Higher Level paper.

(2) Irish. NUI matriculation exemptions apply.

(3) English. Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculations Regulations.

(4) Any three Matriculation subjects not already selected.

 

Naval Service – Operations Branch/Marine Engineer Branch

Graduates must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

(1) Mathematics. In the case of Candidates applying for a Marine Engineering Cadetship, and who hold a Degree in a discipline other than Engineering, this must be a minimum of Grade C3 in a Higher Level paper.

(2) Irish or English.

(3) Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Candidates must have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications.

OR

Have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at Level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications, from a recognised institution, in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering for Operations Branch and Marine Engineering Branch Cadetships respectively.

Naval Service - Electrical Engineering Branch

Applicants must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

(1) Mathematics.

(2) Irish or English.

(3) Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND

Candidates must have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at Level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications in either Electrical or Electronic Engineering. The Degree at Level 8 must be accredited with Engineers Ireland.

Download 2017 Terms & Conditions here.

THE INDUCTION PROCESS

Application

Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form on www.military.ie here.

Psychometric Testing

All Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be invited to undergo an online psychometric test.

Overnight Assessment

Centre Candidates who are successful at the psychometric testing phase are invited to attend an Assessment Centre in the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre in Co. Kildare. The Assessment Centre comprises of:

  • Induction Fitness Test 
  • Realistic Job Preview 
  • Group Exercise

Interview

Candidates who are successful at the Assessment Centre will be asked to attend for Interview. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under certain competencies.

Medical & Security Clearance

The top scoring candidates at the Interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination. In conjunction with this all candidates will be security vetted by An Garda Siochana. Candidates will be required to pass both the medical examination and security vetting to be considered for induction.

Award of an Officer Cadetship

The candidates who finish at the top of the competitions order of merit will then be offered a Cadetship.

Training

Could you make it through 15 months of Army Cadet Training

Third Level Education

Personnel who were inducted as an Officer Cadet and successfully completed their Officer Cadet training and who have not previously attained an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent may be assigned to a course of study leading to a degree at National University of Ireland, Galway or a course of study leading to a degree at some other third level college of education.

Career Progression

Find out more about Career Progression in the Defence Forces.

Click here for full details and to apply now