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Air Corps Cadet - Pilot

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Cadet. Defence Forces
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Last Updated: April, 2015

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Enlists in the Air Corps to train as a pilot flying both conventional and combat aircraft.

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Oisin McGrath
Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp  

Oisin McGrath is a pilot in the Irish Air Corp. He studied and completed Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in University of Limerick, and applied to the Air Corp in his final year in college. He now flies regularly on a variety of missions and is trained to fly on a number of different aircraft.

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The main role of the Air Corps is to provide support to the Army, Naval Service and the Garda Siochana in countering threats to State security on land, sea and air. In addition, the day-to-day peace time role of the Air Corps includes activities such as Ministerial air transport, maritime surveillance, fishery protection, search and rescue and air ambulance.   
The Air Corps trains its own pilot officers, aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers, air photographers and general service personnel. Air Corps personnel may serve overseas with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.


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The Air Corps Cadet needs to be physically fit, enthusiastic and be able to work well within a team. Good leadership skills are important. To apply they must be over 17 years and under 25 years. Height must be either 5' 4'' or over. Normal colour vision is essential. Applicants must complete a detailed medical examination and basic fitness test.

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The Defence Forces offer a Cadetship in the Air Corps where they train you and contract you for minimum of ten years. All Air Corps Cadets undergo a course of training of approximately 21 months duration.

Note: Cadetships with the Defence Forces are currently on hold due to the Public Sector recruitment embargo. This may change with economic and other conditions.

When appointments are available, competitions for Cadetships are advertised on the Defence Forces careers area and on the Defence Forces website. Campaigns may also appear in the national newspapers.

Eligible candidates will be requested to attend for preliminary interview at one of the selected locations around the country. Candidates who reach a satisfactory standard at this interview will be required to attend for assessment tests and a medical examination. Subject to the outcome of the tests and medical examination he/she may be required to attend for interview by the Final Interview Board.

A candidate found suitable at the Final Interview for a Cadetship will be required to undergo a medical examination by the Civil Aviation Medical Board before being granted a Cadetship in the Air Corps. Cadetships are awarded to qualified candidates by the Minister for Defence, whose decision is final.   
During the term of the Cadetship the character of the Cadet is trained and moulded with the object of developing his/her powers of leadership, initiative and general ability.   

A Cadet is entitled to free accommodation, meals and medical treatment.

At the end of your contracted time with the Air Corps, you can move on to an airline as a pilot with flying experience.

Last Updated: March, 2015

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Organisation: Defence Forces, Recruitment & Competitions Section
  Address: Department of Defence,Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  Tel: 1890 42 65 55
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Organisation: Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Ireland
  Address: Loughlinstown Road, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
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