Careers without College
An Officer Cadet undergoes a course of training,
following which he/she is Commissioned as an Officer. The
categories of Officer Cadet are:
Air Corps Cadet
Naval Service Cadet
Army Equitation Cadet
Held at Regional Centres. Air Corps and Naval
Service candidates who reach a satisfactory standard at
this interview will be invited to attend for aptitude tests.
Medical and Fitness
Candidates who reach a satisfactory standard at
the Preliminary Interview/assessment test will be
required to undergo a detailed Medical Examination. The Physical Fitness
practical examination is designed to test a candidates potential to undergo
the rigours of military training.
The Final Interview is normally held on the same day as the Physical
Fitness Examination and is subject to the outcome of the Medical Examination.
Candidate suitability is assessed at interview under Personality, General
Knowledge, Intelligence, General Suitability, Games and Sports.
Annual Competition Time Frame
Advertised in National Media -April
Closing Date for applications- End April
Preliminary Interviews at Regional Centres- Commence May
Final Interviews in Dublin Commence Mid-July
Notification of Cadetships -Mid-August
Enlistment into Defence Forces- Late Sept./Early Oct.
Apprentices are required to enlist for service in the Defence Forces
for a minimum period of 12 years, comprising nine years in the Permanent
Defence Force and three years in the Reserve Defence Force.
Training takes place at the Army Apprentice
School in Naas, Co. Kildare in one of the following trades:
Electronic Service Technician
Normally lasts three years and includes both
instruction in a particular trade by fully qualified instructors
and military training.
On completion of the training course, the apprentice is assigned to
a Corps where theoretical and practical training is continued for a further
year. Apprentices will then work at their
respective trades in the Corps to which they have
The number of candidates selected for medical
examination and interview may be restricted based on
Summary of Qualifications
Candidates must be at least 16 and under 19 years
of age on 1st September in the year of the competition.
Candidates must have passed five subjects in the
Junior Certificate or its equivalent. These subjects
and two of the subjects listed hereunder;
Irish or English
Materials Technology (Wood)
Have educational qualifications which, in the
opinion of the Minister for Defence, are not lower in
standard than those specified above. Candidates
applying for a Radio Technician apprenticeship
must have a pass in Science and Higher Level
In addition, different trades may require passes
in specified subjects on a list available from the
Department of Defence.
Candidates should study the full conditions
carefully as they are subject to review from time to time.
TYPES OF APPRENTICES
Apprentices in the Defence Forces receive
training for their chosen trade, as well as military training.
Army apprentices train at the Army Apprentice School in Naas and are
allotted to various Corps depending on their trade.
Air Corps Apprentices
Air Corps apprentices train at the Air Corps apprentice
School in Baldonnel.
Naval Service Apprentices
Naval Service Apprentices train at the Naval Service Base
All apprenticeships in the Defence Forces are
The Army and Naval Service have a requirement to
recruit men and women to serve as private soldiers and
Recruits in the Permanent Defence Force are
required to undergo an initial training period of
approximately 16 weeks. On completion of
training recruits qualify as private soldiers or
seamen. A private or seaman can normally apply
for courses to qualify for promotion to Corporal
or Leading Seaman.
Recruits in recent years have been recruited for
a fixed term of five years. On completion of five years
permanent service a member may be permitted to
extend the terms of his/her permanent service.
The remainder will be discharged from the PDF but
will remain on the First Line Reserve for a period of seven years.
Full conditions of service may be obtained from :
Department of Defence,
St. Mobhi Road,
Tel.: (01) 8042149 Fax: (01) 8373604
Conditions of Entry together with Selection
Procedure & Time Frame can be obtained from:
The Secretary General,
Department of Defence,
Tel.: 01 8042127 and 01 - 804214901 - 8042493
or (1890) 4265555 (Lo Call)Fax :01-804242