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Army Recruit

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€18k > 28
Army Recruit
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 28
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Army Personnel

Also included in this category:

Officers in the armed forces; soldiers; sergeants (armed forces).

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Part time workers: 4%
Aged over 55: 20%
Male / Female: 93 / 7%
Non-Nationals: 0%
With Third Level: 42%
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Enlists in the Irish Army to train as a soldier.

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1Total Records:3

Louise Mc Donald
Private (Line)
Louise comes from a military background and always felt she would like to join the army. She completed her Leaving Cert before joining, and has completed several additional courses as part of her training.
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Keith Lynch
Private (Line)
Keith completed his Leaving Cert in St. Olivers Community College, and continued on to Dundalk Institute of Technology to study Business Management. He chose to joint the Army towards the end of his stay in college, and applied for entry as a graduate.
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Tom Tooher
Lieutenant - Army

Tom is a Lieutenant in the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, based in Dublin. He completed a Masters degree in Agricultural science, went on to work in environmental engineering for 2 years and then enlisted in the Army as a Cadet.

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On completion of training, the Recruit becomes a Three Star Private and is assigned to a Unit within the Permanent Defence Forces:  
The Corps  
Infantry Corps:  
Provides the main strength of the Defence Forces in the form of Battalions deployed throughout the State. Troops in the Infantry Corps are operational soldiers and may be deployed to any location at short notice along with members of the Artillery and Cavalry Corps.  
Air Corps:  
Provides air support for the Defence Forces and has at its disposal a range of modern aircraft in order to carry out this function. In addition the Corps provides search and rescue (S&R) cover ministerial and air transport services.  
Artillery Corps:  
Provides Fire Support for the Infantry and ground to air defence.  
The Cavalry Corps:  
Equipped with armour to carry out its main role of patrolling and protecting the infantry.  
The Supply and Transport Corps:  
Is responsible for planning and carrying out the movement of troops, and then keeping them supplied with everything from ammunition to food.  
C.I.S. Corps:  
Provides and maintains the communication systems that allow for command and control of the Defence Forces.  
The Ordnance Corps:  
Has responsibility for maintaining all weapons and equipment. This Corps also carries out bomb disposal.  
The Engineer Corps:  
Is responsible for all combat engineering and general engineering matters within the Defence Forces.  
The Military Police Corps:  
Provides an internal police service for the Defence Forces.  
The Medical Corps:  
Has responsibility for maintaining health and preventing disease in the Defence Forces and providing treatment for its sick and wounded.

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The Army Recruit needs to be efficient, hard working, and enthusiastic and be able to work well within a team. He/she should be in good health and physically fit.

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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