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Army Cadet - Defence Forces

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Cadet. Defence Forces
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An Army Cadet trains to join the commissioned ranks as an Army officer, who essentially is the leader within the PDF. They provide leadership and management within the camp.

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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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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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In addition to the three territorial Brigade areas, the Defence Forces also maintains the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh Camp in which the principal training installations and logistical support units are based. Along with the Air Corps and Naval Service, there are nine Army Corps, such as the Infantry Corps, Artillery Corps, Cavalry Corps and Engineering Corps. Each Corps has a designated military task, the specialised nature of which offers the young officer the opportunity of a career in a particular sphere.  
The Army has at its disposal a wide array of modern equipment and weaponry ranging from modern armoured personnel carriers to the personal weapon of the Irish soldier - the 5.56mm Steyr rifle.  

The role of the Defence Forces, as approved by the Government is: -  

  • to aid the civil power that is assisting the Garda Siochana, including the protection of the internal security of the State,
  • to defend the State against armed aggression,
  • to participate in United Nations missions in the cause of international peace,
  • to provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State's obligations as a member of the European Community 

Other duties, such as search and rescue, air ambulance service, Ministerial air transport service and assisting at emergencies and maintaining essential services, may be assigned from time to time.

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The attributes of a good Cadet include the ability to make good decisions in stressful situations, an interest in physical fitness and a sound understanding of military tactics. Important personal qualities also include: 

  • The ability to plan, prioritise and organise.
  • The ability to analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions.
  • Clear, concise and effective communication skills.
  • The ability to motivate others and work with a team.

Army Cadets must have the ability to do all of the above while working in a physically demanding and high pressure environment. The Officer must also be in good health and be physically fit. At the time of application they must be between 17 and 28 years and meet certain physical and psychological standards. They must be citizens of Ireland or appropriate nationals. Candidates must have security clearance and lawfully reside in Ireland.

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Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Address: Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Co. Dublin
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