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Ever thought about a career in the Defence Forces?

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Ever thought about a career in the Defence Forces?


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 




Ever thought about a career in the Defence Forces?

Have you ever thought about a career in the Defence Forces? Below is some information on the opportunities available, including TY placements, to help you with your decision.

Transition Year Student Placements

Transition year student placements are conducted in each Brigade / Formation / Service at certain times each year. There are limited places available on a first come first served basis.

For more information regarding TY Student Placements, please click on this link for details of the manpower office nearest to you. 

CADETSHIPS

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

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.

The Defence Forces will launch a new Cadetship competition in early 2017 and as soon as more information is available regarding launch dates we will post it on our website www.military.ie and our facebook page www.facebook.com/IrishDefenceForcesRecruitment/ straight away.

If you are sitting your Leaving Cert in 2017 you can still apply. Below are some requirements for applicant’s wishing to apply:

PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS A GUIDE - SOME CHANGES MAY BE MADE TO THE 2017 TERMS & CONDITIONS.

Age Limitations

Be 18 years of age or above and under 28 years of age on the date deemed as the closing date for applications.

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

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. Leaving Certificate Applied 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.

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.

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. Leaving Certificate Applied 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.

Induction

The Cadet Competition is held annually and is the only way for potential candidates to join the Defence Forces to become an Officer. Candidates undergo psychometric and fitness testing, a competency based interview and a medical examination.

Candidates who are invited to interview will be required to complete and sign a Garda Vetting Application Form that, pursuant to Section 8 of the Data Protection Act, 1988, will authorise the Garda Siochána to furnish to the Defence Forces either, a statement that there are no convictions recorded against a candidate, or a statement of convictions, as the case may be.

Training

The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instill a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility. During 15 months of training a Cadet masters basic military skills, such as rifle marksmanship, as well as developing the leadership skills required of an Army Officer. Naval and Air Corps Cadets move on to training more specific to they`re Cadetship during these 15 months.

Third Level Education

Personnel of the Army, 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 [See more below].

Career Progression

Commissioning is just the start of an Officer’s career. Once assigned to an Corps a Young Officer will undertake a number of courses to become a fully qualified officer of that corps. The Young Officer must also adjust to the new responsibilities of commanding and training troops. Meet some of the men and women who have faced these challenges as they reflect on Life as an Army Officer. Read more about Career Progression.

THE INDUCTION PROCESS

The Officer Cadet Competition is held annually and is the only way for potential candidates to join the Defence Forces to become a Line Officer.

Application

Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through this website. The dates for the competition are advertised in the National Papers and on this website with applications only being accepted on these dates. All correspondence with applicants will be done through email for the duration of the competition.

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 — this is a pass/fail test, candidates who do not pass will not be allowed to continue in the competition

• Realistic Job Preview — Candidates will receive briefs from serving Officer Cadets and Junior Officers to give them an insight to military life

• Group Exercise — Candidates will have to participate in a group exercise where they will be assessed for leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

Interview

Candidates who are successful at the Assessment Centre will be asked to attend for Interview in the Cadets Mess, Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre in Co. Kildare. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under the following competencies:

  • Planning and Organising
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership and supervising
  • Personal motivation and discipline

Medical & Security Clearance

The top scoring candidates at the Interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination in St. Bricin’s Military Hospital in Dublin. 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 an Army Officer Cadetship.

DID YOU KNOW ... you can join up and do your degree while you're in the armY!

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, subject to the exigencies of the service and the requirements of the Defence Forces, 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.

Tuition and examination fees in respect of Officers attending college will be met from public funds. Textbooks, instruments etc. will be made available without charge but will remain the property of the Minister for Defence. During attendance at college, Officers will normally be accommodated in Military Barracks and will be in receipt of normal pay and allowances.

In connection with third level training, personnel will be required to subscribe to an undertaking (or undertakings), that before leaving the Permanent Defence Force voluntarily at any time after they have commenced the course and before they have served in the Permanent Defence Force for a minimum number of years reckoned from the date of completion of their third level training, they will refund the cost of such training to the Minister for Defence including the cost of pay and allowances paid to them during the period of attendance at the course.

In effect Officers who attend third level training will have to serve for a minimum of two years’ service for every college year they attend whilst a member of the Defence Forces.