A recruitment drive is currently under way for the Irish Defence Forces Naval Service Reserve.
The recent White Paper on Defence recognised the importance of the reserves amid Ireland’s growing national and international maritime responsibilities.
The current strength of the naval reserves is 144. This is made up of 19 officers, 43 non-commissioned officers, and 82 enlisted men. However, plans are in place to more than double this to 296 personnel.
Recruitment is under way in four centres for naval reservists:
- Cork, and
It will increase the number in each of these centres from roughly 50 to 75.
There is also a requirement to recruit a further four technical support officers at Naval Service Reserve headquarters in Cork.
A naval service spokesman welcomed the new recruitment drive, saying the reserves played a very significant role in their functions. Their reservists’ primary duty in recent years has been helping the naval service with port security during times when their permanent forces was stretched on operations. They have also been used to augment personnel during manpower shortages.
Naval service reserves went into action over Christmas and New Year to help build emergency flood defences in Limerick and along the River Shannon.
The news comes after one of the first reserve recruitments in the navy for years, which happened recently when 14 people, aged 18 to 27, attended a passing-out parade for reserves at the navy’s headquarters in Haulbowline, Co Cork. Recruit Class Brennan, as they were known, began training in August. The class took its name from inventor Louis Brennan, who was born in Castlebar, Co Mayo, and who invented the idea of a steerable torpedo in 1874. He patented the Brennan torpedo in 1877.
About the Naval Service Reserve
The Naval Service Reserve (NSR) trains men and women to supplement and aid the Naval Service. Naval reservists carry out paid annual training on board Naval Service ships, which are on operational patrols in Irish territorial water or are tasked with foreign visits.
Naval Reservists have travelled on Naval Service Ships from New York to St. Petersburg and several ports in between. Naval reservists are trained in many aspects of nautical and military training.
Training includes motorboat handling, sail training, navigation, marine communications, weapons training, fire fighting and sea survival.
The NSR also carry out land based security duties at the Naval Base on Haulbowline Island, Cork. These duties are carried out at weekends and the reservists who carry them out are paid the standard Permanent Defence Force allowances for these duties.
Other functions of the NSR include ceremonial duties and carrying out liaison duties with visiting foreign naval ships.
Membership of the NSR is on a voluntary basis. Training takes place on local parade nights, weekends or during paid annual training (usually 2 weeks during the summer).
Who can apply?
The NSR is open to all men and women who are not less than 18 years of age and not older than 35 years on the closing date for applications.
Applicants must be not less than 5' 2" in height.
For further information on the joining procedure, click here.
After enlistment you will join a recruit class and be placed under the charge of a recruit instructor who will be a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). Your initial training will consist of military training at your local barracks and nautical training at your local NSR sea establishment.
All recruits will then undergo a 2-week training course at the Naval Base in Haulbowline. Here recruits will be trained in fire fighting, sea survival and foot-drill. Extensive training on the Steyr assault rifle will also be carried out.
After firing and successfully qualifying on the Steyr rifle, you will then be promoted to Ordinary Seaman (O/S). Thereafter you will be eligible to go to sea on a Naval Service patrol vessel. Patrols are typically 2 or 3 weeks in duration. You will be paid for this training and also receive a sea going allowance.
Further nautical training continues at local level so that you can become the coxswain (skipper) of BP 18 sailing boats, Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS), Motor Training Launches (MTL) and Sail Training Yachts (STY). You can currently avail of up to 6 weeks paid training per year.
Recruitment for the Army Reserve is also open. Read more here.
Details of all Current Reserve Defence Force vacancies (Army and Navy) are available here.
The CareersPortal Team