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What are the main occupations in this sector?


The main occupations in the Defence Forces are:

Army

  • Army Officer
    • Infantry
    • Artillery
    • Cavalry
    • Communications & Information Systems
    • Supply and Transport
    • Engineer
    • Ordnance
    • Military Police
    • Army Equitation Officer
  • Army Medical Officer (Direct Entry) In demandVIDEO here
  • Army Dental Officer (Direct Entry)
  • Army Engineer Officer (Direct Entry)
  • Army Pharmacist Officer (Direct Entry)
  • Army Soldier
    • Infantry
    • Artillery
    • Cavalry
    • Communications & Information Systems
    • Supply and Transport
    • Engineer
    • Ordnance
    • Military Police
    • Medical Corp
    • Army Ranger Wing
  • Army Bands Instrumentalist
  • Army Equitation School Groom
  • Army Medical Corp – Dental Surgery Attendant
  • Army Medical Corp – Dental Hygienist
  • Army Apprentice – Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
  • Army Apprentice – Ordnance Fitter Armourer
Find out more about Army Careers here including videos and FAQs 

Naval Service

  • Naval Service Officer Operations Branch
  • Naval Service Officer Engineer Branch
  • Naval Service Officer Electrical (Direct Entry)
  • Naval Service Seaman
    • Seaman/Gunner
    • Seaman/Radar
    • Mechanician
    • Supply
    • IT Support Technician
    • Naval Diver
    • Sick Berth Attendant
    • Electrical Artificer
    • Engine Room Artificier
    • Hull Artificier
    • Radio & Radar Technician
Find out more about Naval Service Careers here including videos and FAQs

Air Corp

  • Air Corp Officer – Pilot
  • Air Corp Officer – Air Traffic Control (Direct Entry)
  • Air Corp Airman
    • Winchman
    • Winch Operator
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Transport
    • Medical
    • Photography Section
    • Avionics
    • Sea Air Radar Operator
    • Communications and Information Section
    • Flight Attendant
    • Ground Crew
  • Air Corp Apprentice – Aircraft Mechanic
Find out more about Air Corps Careers here including videos and FAQs

Check out the Defence Forces YouTube Channel to for more information on what life is like working with us. 

 

What types of employment contracts are there?


The Permanent Defence Forces recruits personnel only on Full Time contracts.

 

What are the typical earnings of these occupations?


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Army:

Army Officer 

Army Equitation Officer 

Army Medical Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Dental Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Engineer Officer (Direct Entry) 

Army Ordnance Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Pharmacist Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Clinical Psychologist Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Psychiatrist Officer (Direct Entry)

Army Soldier

Army Bands Instrumentalist

Army Equitation School Groom

Army Medical Corp – Dental Surgery Attendant

Army Medical Corp – Dental Hygienist

Army Apprentice – Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

Army Apprentice – Ordnance Weapon Armourer 

 

€37,366

€37,366 

€86,269

€47,081

€61,326

€61,326

€66,733

€61,326

€61,326

€27,578

€29,014

€27,578

€29,736

€29,376

€13,075

€13,075

Naval Service:

Naval Service Officer Operations Branch 

Naval Service Officer Engineer Branch

Naval Service Officer Electrical (Direct Entry)

Naval Service Seaman  

 

€37,366

€37,366

€49,981

€28,614

 
Air Corp:

Air Corp Officer – Pilot

Air Corp Officer – Air Traffic Control (Direct Entry)

Air Corp Officer – Aeronautical Engineer

Air Corp Airman                                               

Air Corp Apprentice – Aircraft Mechanic

 

€39,952

€65,743

€50,918

€27,578

€13,075

*Please note all figures are approximate and are subject to change for each competition.
 

 

How do you get a job in this sector?


The Defence Force recruits in a number of ways as follows:

General Service  – This relates to people who are interested in joining the Defence Forces as a Soldier/Sailor or Airman. Candidates who join at this level start as a recruit and when they have completed this initial training they commence their as Soldier/ Sailor or Airman.

Within this career field there is the opportunity, if found suitable, to move up the ranks to the highest Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Sergeant Major.

Apprenticeships – This relates to people who are interested in joining the Defence Forces as an apprentice. Candidates who join at this level will receive military and SOLAS (Formerly FAS) training to qualify them in a particular field such as Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Aircraft Mechanic etc. To find our more click here.

Within this career field there is the opportunity, if found suitable, to move up the ranks to the highest Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Sergeant Major.

Officer Cadetship – This relates to people who are interested in joining the Defence Forces as an Officer (Management Level). Candidates who join at this level start as a Cadet and when they have completed this initial training they qualify as a 2nd Lieutenant / Ensign. To find out more click here.

Within this career field there is the opportunity, if found suitable, to move up the ranks to the highest Commissioned Officer rank of Lieutenant General (Army Chief of Staff)

Direct Entry – As the term implies this entry path relates to people with certain qualifications who are inducted into the Defence Forces to carry out a specific function related to this qualification. These personnel undertake limited initial military training before being posted to the specific job. Direct Entry competitions are available for both General Service positions and Officer positions.


General Service
This relates to applicants who wish to apply for a position as a Soldier / Sailor / Airman.

Soldier
Recruitment - applications are only accepted only through the Defence Forces website www.military.ie and only at certain times of the year


Officer Cadetships
The Officer Cadetship competition normally runs from January to March. Applications are accepted in two ways:

Direct Entry Competitions
These competitions are advertised as required. Applications are accepted through our website:

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What qualifications are required?


Age Limitation

The minimum age requirement for all entrants to the Defence Forces is 18 - Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 27 years (2018) on the 1st September on the year of application. In 2019 candidates must be under 26 years on the 1st September of the year of application.

Educational Qualification Requirement - Army

Army Recruit - Soldier

  • No formal education qualifications are required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit. However, you must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Defence Forces

Dental Surgery Attendant Army (Direct Entry)

  • A candidate for appointment as Dental Surgery Attendants must possess a certificate in Dental Nursing, or equivalent.

Dental Surgery Hygienist Army (Direct Entry)

  • A candidate for appointment as Dental Surgery Hygienist must possess a Diploma in Dental Hygiene, or equivalent.

Army Bands Instrumentalist (Direct Entry)

  • You must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Permanent Defence Forces.
  • Demonstrate a standard of instrumental competence consistent with performance in a professional military band.

Army Equitation School Groom

  • You must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Permanent Defence Forces

Army Apprentice 

  • At the time of application, a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in ordinary or higher level in at least 5 subjects in one sitting of the Junior Certificate. The 5 subjects (and specific minimum grades) must include the following:
Subject Grade
Irish and /or English Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)
Maths* Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)


* One of the subjects listed hereunder

Subject Grade
Metalwork

Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)

Materials Technology

Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)

Science

Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)

Technical Graphics

Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)

Technology

Grade C (Ordinary Level) or Grade D (Higher Level)


*Foundation Level Maths is NOT acceptable

Officer Cadetship School Leavers – Army/Equitation School

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. Each candidate must possess a minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  • Mathematics.
  • Irish (NUI matriculation exemptions apply).
  • English (Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculation Regulations).
  • Third Language (accepted for NUI Matriculation Registration purposes. NUI matriculation exemptions apply).
  • Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

Officer Cadetship Graduate Applicants – Army/Equitation School

  • Must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:
    • Mathematics
    • Irish (NUI matriculation exemptions apply)
    • English (Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculation Regulations).
    • Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

      AND
    • For all applicants have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed an Honours Bachelor Degree programme at pass or honours level (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications).
       

Army Medical Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate must:
(a) Possess the minimum qualifications of M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., or L.R.C.P. and S.I.
(b) Hold current, full registration with the Medical Council of Ireland. (A successful candidate will be required to maintain registration).
(c) Have 3 years post graduate experience.

In addition, it is desirable but not essential that candidates be entered on one of the following Specialist Register of the Medical Council of Ireland:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Anaesthetist
  • General Practice Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Psychiatric specialties
  • Public Health Medicine
     

Army Dental Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate must:
(a) Possess a degree or licence in dental surgery from a University or recognised licensing body.
(b) Be registered in the Dental Register of the Irish Dental Council. (A successful candidate will be required to maintain registration).
(c) Have three (3) years post graduate experience.
 

Army Pharmacist Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate must:
(a) Possess the qualifications of B.Sc. Pharm.
(b) Be a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. (A successful candidate will be required to maintain registration).
(c) Have three (3) years post graduate experience.
 

Army Psychiatrist Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate must:
(a) Possess the minimum qualifications of MRC Psych. or equivalent.
(b) Hold current, full registration with the Medical Council of Ireland. (A successful candidate will be required to maintain registration).
(c) Be entered on, or eligible to be entered on, the Specialist Register division of Psychiatry of the Medical Council of Ireland.
 

Army Clinical Psychologist Officer
A candidate must:
(a) Possess the minimum qualifications of MSc or MA in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.
(b) Who has experience in one-to-one psychotherapeutic intervention in trauma cases is desirable.
 

Army Engineer Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate for appointment as Engineer Officer in the Corps of Engineers must hold a third level Degree recognised for corporate membership of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, or the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in one of the following subjects:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Architecture
     

Army Ordnance Officer (Direct Entry)
A candidate for appointment as Ordnance Officer in the Ordnance Corp must hold a third level Degree in either:

  • Engineering in one of the following subjects - Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Industrial, Chemical, Mechatronics or equivalent.Or
  • Science with one of the following main subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or equivalent.

Educational Qualification Requirement – Air Corp

School Leavers/Non Graduates - Must posses 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 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.

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

Must have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree programme at level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Please Note: Applications for all categories of Cadetships are invited from person who have applied to sit for examinations in the competition year as will enable them to satisfy the minimum educational qualifications criteria as specified above. Further information on matriculation is available on www.nui.ie. Candidates must provide documentary proof from the National University of Ireland at Stage 1 of the selection procedure for any educational exemptions.

Educational Qualification Requirement – Naval Service

Sailor
You must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Permanent Defence Forces
 

Officer Cadetship School Leavers – Naval Service WatchKeeping/ Marine Engineering Officer

  • 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. Each candidate must possess a minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:
    • Mathematics
    • Irish (NUI matriculation exemptions apply)
    • English (Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculation Regulations)
    • Third Language (accepted for NUI Matriculation Registration purposes. NUI matriculation exemptions apply)
    • Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.
       

Officer Cadetship Graduate Applicants – Naval Service WatchKeeping/ Marine Engineering Officer

  • Must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects
    • Mathematics
    • Irish (NUI matriculation exemptions apply)
    • English (Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English language requirements in accordance with NUI Matriculation Regulations)
    • Any two Matriculation subjects not already selected.

      AND
  • For all applicants: have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004 or (with effect from 2005) have successfully completed an Honours Bachelor Degree programme at pass or honours level (level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications).

    OR
     
  • For Naval Service Cadetship Applicants: hold a Diploma with merit or distinction (from a recognised institution) in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering for Operations Branch and Engineering Branch Cadetships respectively as awarded to the end of 2004, or with effect from 2005, have successfully completed an ordinary degree course (Level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications) (from a recognised institution) in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering for Operations Branch and Engineering Branch Cadetships respectively.
     

Naval Service WatchKeeping Officer (Direct Entry)

  • A candidate for appointment as Watchkeeping Officer in the Naval Service must hold the following qualifications:
    • A Department of the Marine Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer), Class 1,2 or 3 with Watchkeeping experience, Or
    • A Recognised Naval Watchkeeping Certificate, Or
    • A marine qualification that is determined by the Minister of Defence to be at least equivalent to the qualifications outlined above

Naval Service Marine Engineering Officer (Direct Entry)

  • A candidate for appointment as Marine Engineering Officer in the Naval Service must hold the following qualifications:
    • A Department of the Marine Class 1 or 2 (Motor) Certificate of Competency, Or
    • Royal Navy (British) Marine Engineering Officers Charge Certificate Qualification (MCQ), Or
    • A marine qualification that is determined by the Minister of Defence to be at least equivalent to the qualifications outlined above.

 


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What advice do you have for school leavers?


School leavers are eligible to join the Defence Forces at any level providing that they have the sufficient educational qualification for the vacancy that they are applying for and are over 18 years of age on 1st September on the year of application.

2nd Level students who think they may be interested in working with the Defence Forces should apply for the Transition Year Work Experience programme.  Click here for full details.

 

What advice do you have for graduates?


Graduates who apply for the Cadetship Competition should ensure that they meet the relevant educational qualifications and that they are under 27 years (2018) and under 26 years (2019 forward) on the 01st September on the year of application.
 
Graduates who apply for Direct Entry Competitions should ensure that they hold the relevant qualification. The upper age limit varies for each direct entry competition.
 

Naval Service Direct Entry Officers

The Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watchkeeping Officers (Operations Branch), Marine Engineering Officers and Electrical Engineer Officers. These are vital positions and we are looking for highly motivated individuals who combine professional skills with leadership ability and the desire to take their careers to exciting new places.

Terms and Conditions

 

What advice do you have for career changers?


The upper age limits are as follows:

General Service Army & Air Corp - under 25 years of age on the date of enlistment.

General Service Naval Service - under 27 years of age on the date of enlistment

Apprenticeships - under 23 years of age on the closing date.

Cadetship -under 27 years of age on the 01 of September of the year of application.

Direct Entry Competitions - varies with each competition.

 

What advice do you have for non-Irish nationals?


The following rules apply to Non-Nationals who wish to apply for a career as an Officer Cadet in the Defence Forces

  • Be Nationals of an EEA State*

                               OR

  • Be Nationals of any other State who are lawfully present in Ireland and have five (5) years lawful residence in Ireland**
Notes: 

* Member States of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

** Having a period of one (1) years continous residence in the state immediately prior to the closing date of the application for a Cadetship in the year of competition and during eight (8) years immediately preceding that period have had a total residence in the state amounting to four (4) years. Periods of illegal residence of an asylum seeker do not count in the qualifying period.

Be not less than eighteen (18) years of age and under twenty-eight (27) of age on the 01 of September in the year of application.

The following rules apply to Non-Nationals who wish to apply for a General Service Position in the Defence Forces

  • Be Nationals of an EEA State*

                               OR

  • Minimum of three (3) years legal and unbroken residency in Ireland and have a valid work permit for five (7) years.

Be not less than eighteen (18) years of age and under twenty-Five (27) of age on the 01 of September in the year of application. .

* Member States of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

 


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Are there overseas opportunities available?

Defence Forces personnel can be required to serve overseas at any time during their career.

Current Missions  
EUFOR European Union Force Bosnia /Herzegovina
KFOR Kosovo Force
ISAF International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan
MINURSO
United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
MONUC United Nations Observer Mission in Congo
UNIFIL United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
UNMIK United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
UNOCI United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire
MINUCI United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire
UNTSO United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
UNNY United Nations Headquarters New York

Serving personnel can normally expect to be selected for overseas service every three (3) years. Missions vary from four (4) months to twenty-four (24) months in duration.

 

Are there opportunities in this sector for non-Irish nationals?

The following rules apply for applicants:

Officer Cadet in the Defence Forces must:

  • Be Nationals of an EEA State*

                               OR

  • Be Nationals of any other State who are lawfully present in Ireland and have five (5) years lawful residence in Ireland**

* Member States of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

** Having a period of one (1) years continous residence in the state immediately prior to the closing date of the application for a Cadetship in the year of competition and during eight (8) years immediately preceding that period have had a total residence in the state amounting to four (4) years. Periods of illegal residence of an asylum seeker do not count in the qualifying period.

Be not less than eighteen (18) years of age and under twenty-seven (27) on the 01 of September in the competition year.

 In 2019 candidates must be under 26 on 01st September in the year of the competition.

General Service Position in the Defence Forces

  • Be Nationals of an EEA State* [Member States of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland]

                               OR

  • Minimum of three (3) years legal and unbroken residency in Ireland and have a valid work permit for five (7) years.

Be not less than seventeen (18) years of age and under twenty-Five(27) 01 of September in the competition year.

 

Apprenticeship in the Defence Forces

  • Be ordinarily resident in Ireland.

 


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Please give an overview of your sector?


The roles assigned by Government are:

  • To defend the State against armed aggression; this being a contingency, preparations for its implementation will depend on an ongoing Government assessment of threats.
  • To aid the Civil Power (meaning in practice to assist, when requested, the Garda Síochána, who have primary responsibility for law and order, including the protection of the internal security of the State).
  • To participate in multinational peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations in support of the United Nations and under UN mandate, including regional security missions authorised by the UN.
  • To provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State’s obligations as a member of the European Union.
  • To carry out such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time e.g. search and rescue, air ambulance service, ministerial air transport service, assistance on the occasion of natural or other disasters, assistance in connection with the maintenance of essential services, assistance in combating oil pollution at sea.

Permanent Defence Force

The Permanent Defence Force consists of an Army, an Air Corps and a Naval Service.

Army

Army Cap badgeThe Army is structured into two all-arms brigades, consisting of combat, combat support and combat service support elements. Each brigade is designated a territorial area of responsibility, specific garrison locations and a recruitment area.

The Defence Forces’ Training Centre (DFTC) and Defence Forces’ Logistics Base at the Curragh Camp support the training and logistics functions for the Permanent and the Reserve Defence Force.

Naval Service

Naval Service CrestThe Naval Service, based in Haulbowline, Co. Cork, has a flotilla of eight ships, a headquarters, an operations command, a logistical support command and a Naval Service College.

The flotilla consists of a helicopter patrol vessel squadron, large patrol vessel squadron and an offshore patrol vessel squadron. The support command is responsible for personnel and all logistical, engineering, and maintenance functions.

Air Corps

Air Corps RoundelThe Air Corps, based at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, consists of a headquarters, two operational wings, two support wings, an Air Corps Training College, and a Communication and Information Services Squadron.

The operational wings consist of a training/light strike squadron; helicopter squadrons; a maritime squadron; a transport squadron and a fixed wing reconnaissance squadron. The support wings are tasked with specialist maintenance of the aircraft fleet.

Reserve Defence Force

The Reserve Defence Force mirrors the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). Units are rationalised and amalgamated to facilitate this structure. The RDF is organised into the First Line Reserve and a Second Line Reserve. The First Line Reserve comprises of former members of the Permanent Defence Force and the Second Line Reserve comprises an Army Reserve and a Naval Service Reserve.

Army Reserve

Army ReserveThe Army Reserve is organised on an integrated basis. In practice, Reserve units for sub-units of Permanent Defence Forces units, to which they are affiliated. The particular  Permanent Defence Forces unit is then responsible for the equipping and training of its Reserve elements (sub-units).

 

Naval Service Reserve

Naval Service Reserve CrestThe Naval Service Reserve is divided into two groups known as the Eastern Reserve Group and the Southern Reserve Group.

Each group consists of two companies: Dublin and Waterford in the Eastern Reserve Group and Cork and Limerick companies in the Southern Reserve Group.

 

What is the size and scope of the sector?


The Permanent Defence Forces establishment is 9,500 all ranks.

 

 

Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?


Naval Service Direct Entry Officers

The Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watchkeeping Officers (Operations Branch), Marine Engineering Officers and Electrical Engineer Officers. These are vital positions and we are looking for highly motivated individuals who combine professional skills with leadership ability and the desire to take their careers to exciting new places.

Terms and Conditions

 

Reserve Defence Forces

The Reserve Defence Forces advertise for Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve personnel on an annual basis.

Please visit www.military.ie and follow the careers link for further information.

 


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The Defence Forces’ mission is: “To contribute to the security of the State by providing for the military defence of its territorial integrity and to fulfill all roles assigned by Government, through the deployment of well-motivated and effective Defence Forces.” The mission statement identifies the core activity of the Defence Forces, points to a diverse range of additional tasks, which may be assigned by Government, and emphasises the importance of Defence Forces’ personnel and the need for a flexible operational capacity.

When not actually engaged in operations, the object is to train in order to achieve the degree of operational effectiveness, which our ethos and our assigned roles demand.

The Defence Forces consist of a Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and a Reserve Defence Force (RDF). The former is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad. Members of the PDF serve overseas with the United Nations on peace keeping missions. Some of the missions where personnel are serving are Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Congo.

The RDF provides the necessary contingent conventional military capability to augment and assist the PDF, when necessary. The Permanent Defence Force consists of an Army, an Air Corps and a Naval Service.

The Permanent Defence Forces (PDF) has strength of approximately 9,500 personnel. These personnel are based throughout the State. The Government has assigned roles to the Defence Forces, which include the defence of the State from armed aggression.

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