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Number of Women in Defence Forces set to Double

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Number of Women in Defence Forces set to Double

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 

Number of Women in Defence Forces set to Double

The Government’s new White Paper on Defence is to be published later today, setting out the State's defence plans for the next decade.

A series of key initiatives, signalled in the Government-approved white paper includes plans to double the number of women in the Defence Forces, from the current baseline of six percent. 

Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland, Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, said Ireland had been under-investing in defence for quite some time. He said women were being encouraged to sign up to the Defence Forces. More women were needed in the Defence Forces to ensure the successful implementation of plans to tackle gender based violence around the world.

Is a career in the Defence Forces for you? 

Competition for General Service Recruits for the Army is currently open for application

Closing Date 4th September 2015.

Employment Support Scheme

A new employment support scheme aimed at disadvantaged young people is also outlined, with a pilot scheme to run in 2016. Defence Force personnel will work with 18-24-year-olds “who might otherwise struggle to break out of cycles of disadvantage”, according to Minister Coveney.

Institute for Peace Support and Leadership

An Institute for Peace Support and Leadership training, with a focus on international education in the field of peacekeeping and conflict resolution, is also proposed. “We have looked at international best practice to learn what might work in Ireland and I look forward to exploring this concept,” Minister Coveney said.

The White paper also sets out the defence policy responses to security challenges, including the defence contribution to international peace and security.

New equipment will be provided to the Army, Navy and Air Corps.The initiatives will also pave the way for the military to play a major role in the multi-agency fight against cyber crime.

Mr Coveney said the new plan was about “trying to ensure that as a sovereign, proud, independent country ... Ireland is a country that takes seriously its own defence and its role internationally”.

Video: Army Recruits 2015 - The Irish Defence Forces

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