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Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Defence Forces launch 2019 recruitment drive

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The Minister with responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D, accompanied by Óglaigh na hÉireann Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, announced the launch of the 2019 General Service Recruitment competition.

The announcement came yesterday during a visit to the 59th Infantry Group who are training to deploy with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in Syria.

"A career in the Defence Forces offers great potential for education and life experience” Minister Kehoe said. “This is exemplified by what we can see today with the troops of the 59th Infantry Group preparing to deploy overseas, 39 of whom are on their first mission."

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The current recruitment competition is an opportunity for young people to serve their country in both the Army and Naval Service. New recruits will receive first class training in weapons handling, military tactics, team work and physical fitness.

On completion of their induction training our personnel will have opportunities to serve Ireland both domestically and on overseas missions, undergo leadership training and choose from a broad spectrum of educational opportunities.

Also commenting on the launch, Vice-Admiral Mellett said: "We train for the predictable and educate for the unpredictable. Therefore huge emphasis is placed on ensuring that Óglaigh na hÉireann as an organisation embrace the idea of lifelong learning, and is a rewarding career for any young person wishing to join."

On starting as an Army Recruit new entrants will receive a salary of €402.14 weekly. After 24 weeks approximately, when they have completed their training and qualified as a professional Three Star Private Soldier this will increase to a weekly wage of €532.00 or €27,664 Gross earnings per year. (Pay scale effective 01 January 2019).

This year applicants will be able to apply online at and are also welcome to drop into their local barracks and seek guidance on how to apply.



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