2 Apr 2012

The Defence Forces has advertised for approximately 600 general service recruits to serve in the Army and Navy.

Numbers in the Defence Forces, currently under 9,000, are the lowest since 1969.

However, Minister for Defence Alan Shatter has said he wants numbers maintained at 9,500.

Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then undergo a number of selection tests, including psychometric tests, interviews and physical fitness testing.

Successful applicants will be called for six months of training in the third quarter of this year.

It is expected to be a highly competitive recruitment process as last year the Defence Forces received approximately 10,000 applications for 500 places.

Personnel recruited into the Army will be trained in military installations throughout the country regardless of their home address.

They will be assigned to military barracks nationwide on completion of their basic training.

These personnel will be required to complete operational tours of duty overseas in one or more of the 11 United Nations mandated overseas missions in which the Defence Forces currently participate.

Upon completion of training in Haulbowline, Co Cork, the personnel recruited into the Naval Service will be assigned to one of the eight vessels for operational duties at sea.

Applications will be accepted online at www.military.ie/careers.

A competition for about 25 cadetships is expected to be approved in the next few weeks.